Laser Dentistry refers to the use of a very narrow, intense beam of light energy in dental procedures. The light energy produced by modern dental lasers can be used to remove or shape both hard and soft tissues.
Benefits of lasers in dentistry.
Hard tissue lasers are used to replace the dental drill and reduce the need for local anaesthesia in simple procedures. Patients who are anxious about the sound of the dental drill or the thought of injections can now look forward to a more pleasant experience.
The use of soft tissue lasers to make incisions during surgery have the added ability to control bleeding and disinfect the wound. Proponents of its use have also reported quicker healing times and less eventful recoveries post-surgery.
What can dental lasers be used for?
Dental lasers are used as cutting instruments or to deliver heat to a very precise area. It is safe alternative and is effective for a wide range of dental procedures, especially when used in conjunction with conventional dental instruments.
Dental lasers can be used to:
- Prepare and disinfect cavities for the placement of dental fillings.
- Reduce the discomfort caused by canker or cold sores.
- Expose partially erupted teeth.
- Remove muscle attachments that impede the normal movement of the tongue.
- Reshape gums prior to taking impressions for dental crowns or similar procedures.
- Excise swollen gums caused by certain medications.
- Perform biopsy procedures.
- Aid the treatment of gum disease.
- Reshape gum and bone during crown lengthening procedures.
- Disinfect root canals during root canal treatment.
- Speed up teeth whitening procedures.
- Remove calculi during root planning procedures.
- Assist tissue regenerative procedures.
Are there any risks?
Dental lasers are safe when it is used by trained practitioners who adhere to the manufacturer’s safety guidelines. These safety guidelines include the need for you to wear special safety glasses that serves to protect your eyes during the procedure. The assistant will also be using a high powered suction device to evacuate the smoke that forms during tissue ablation.