As an advanced technology, laser dentistry offers precision and efficiency while providing a safe alternative to drills. It is another example of the investment Joshi Dental makes in technology and innovation to improve treatment and patient comfort. To understand the value of laser dentistry and its benefits, it’s important to recognize the role it plays in many important procedures. Furthermore, patients should understand how technology enables them to book fewer appointments and spend less time in the dentist’s chair. Let’s start by exploring what laser dentistry is and why it has become a staple in modern dental clinics and a requirement for diagnosing and treating. Additionally, we’ll look at procedures where it is commonly used, the value it offers patients and deliver an idea of the potential risks and how it impacts post-care.
A dental laser is essentially an element that calculates light in wavelengths and produces a concentrated beam of energy via an instrument. In dental or other medical applications, it’s typically employed to create incisions or remove small amounts of tissue. Lasers specifically designed and developed for dental work or oral surgery have been in wide use since the early 1990s. Most work by emitting a concentrated beam of energy in the form of light, which acts as a cutting instrument or can vaporize tissue. This might sound painful but, in actuality, most patients report that laser dentistry hurts less and is far less invasive than traditional methods like the dreaded drill (think of the sound alone). Per The American Dental Association, the Food and Drug Administration has approved lasers for over 20 uses in the United States. Most of these procedures involve soft tissues like the gums. Most practices use the diode laser, the carbon dioxide laser or the Nd:YAG Laser.Soft Tissue
Lasers are adept at creating incisions and removing gum tissue. The purpose of this is to improve a dentist’s visibility and to provide greater access when reshaping gums. Lasers can also remove excess tissue, lengthen crowns or release muscle attachments that are too tight. Furthermore, laser therapy can help treat oral ulcers and cold sores and have become a popular tool to treat gum infection or periodontal disease. By using lasers, patients can experience less bleeding during and after surgery and less swelling overall. Incidentally, it’s important to note that laser therapy can delay healing a bit or cause tissue to discolour.Hard Tissue
If tissue is firm enough, a dentist might turn to a hard tissue laser. Using a specific type of laser (Er:YAG and the Er, Cr:YSGG) could result in the patient not having to undergo anesthesia and are designed to not overheat parts of the tooth like the pulp, which can be very dangerous. While experiences and results will vary, the use of dental lasers results in more comfortable patients and helps the return to regular daily life faster than alternative or traditional methods. As is the case with most medical technology, it was developed to make treatments easier and help patients live healthier lives.
Laser dentistry can help in many ways and is employed across a variety of procedures. The most common, include:
As mentioned, laser dentistry can be used in cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening. They speed up the process and activate the whitening solution.Some important things to keep in mind:
Overall, lasers help make common procedures safer and quicker while increasing a patient’s comfort. You should always feel free to discuss any concerns you might have with your dentist or their staff.
Let’s review some of the benefits of laser dentistry, which are best illustrated when compared to the drilling method.
Lasers have forged its place in modern dentistry and patients should seek practices that utilize this technology and its many benefits.
The known risks of laser dentistry are minor. Using the wrong wavelengths or generally not understanding how to operate the instrument can lead to issues like damaged tissue. That being said, any competent dentist will be well versed and trained on how to use lasers or any piece of equipment employed in their clinic. As Barrie Dentists, we are more than qualified to safely administer laser therapy in a responsible and safe manner.
If your dentist uses one or more lasers, your post-op experience should be more positive than if a drill or scalpel is used. Laser dentistry is a relatively smooth process and you won’t have an open wound to contend with. Your mouth should feel noticeably less irritated and conceivably you should be able to return to your regular life rather quickly.No matter what, though, you should follow the care instructions provided by your dentist to a tee.