Laser dentistry employs the use of lasers to treat dental ailments. It is more comfortable and convenient when compared with traditional dentistry. The lasers produce light energy in a narrow and focussed beam, which is capable of removing and reshaping tissues. Laser beams can also cut through the tooth enamel.
Laser dentistry uses two types of lasers. Each laser uses a different wavelength to cut into different types of tissues.
- Soft tissue lasers
Soft tissue lasers use a short wavelength that can easily be absorbed by hemoglobin and water. They cut through gum tissues and simultaneously seal the blood vessels. This is the reason why laser dentistry does not cause blood loss. Soft tissue lasers are used to remove tumors or canker sores and treat gum diseases.
- Hard tissue lasers
Hard tissue lasers are primarily used for cutting through your teeth. They use a specific wavelength that can easily cut through calcium phosphate present in teeth. Hard tissue lasers are used for treating tooth decay and shaping the tooth for receiving the filling.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Dentists prefer laser dentistry due to its discrete benefits. Some of the benefits offered by laser dentistry are listed below:
- Patients being treated with soft tissue lasers, seldom require sutures.
- Administration of anesthesia is not required for many procedures performed under laser dentistry.
- The lasers sterilize the gums and make them less prone to infections.
- The procedure is less invasive, which shortens the healing period.
- The laser targets the damage with great precision and prevents the surrounding regions from getting damaged.
- Less blood loss and the laser aids blood clotting.
- The laser does not scar the tissues.
- Less dental anxiety and phobia.
What are the non-aesthetic procedures performed under laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry is known for cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and gummy smile removal, but their benefits in restorative procedures are less known. So, we are elucidating some restorative dentistry procedures that benefit from laser dentistry.
- Laser dentistry for periodontal disease treatment.
Periodontal disease treatment uses laser dentistry to treat infected gum tissues by removing the damaged area, cleaning roots and recontouring the gums.
- Laser dentistry for treating tooth decay.
Lasers are used to detect and remove cavities. They are efficient in cutting through the enamel and prepare the tooth for receiving the filling. Laser dentistry is more efficient in detecting cavities and caries when compared to traditional methods. Lasers also have antibacterial properties, which kill the bacteria present in the cavity.
- Laser Dentistry for biopsy.
Your mouth has soft tissues that can be easily cut into and removed employing lasers. The laser focuses on the dead tissue and vaporizes it. Laser dentistry can also be equipped for removing canker sores and tumors present on the palate, gums, and sides of lips through a pain-free method.
- Laser dentistry for root canal treatment.
A root canal treatment is performed to remove damaged and diseased nerves from the pulp chamber present at the center of the tooth. Laser dentistry can target the diseased pulp with more precision.
- Laser dentistry for tooth sensitivity.
Lasers can treat teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. They seal the tubules present on the tooth's roots, which are responsible for sensitivity.
- Laser Dentistry for crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening is the process of exposing the tooth's surface by removing extra gum tissues that cover it. Crown lengthening provides for healthier tooth restoration with crowns and bridges.
- Laser dentistry and tongue frenulum attachment.
Tight frenulum can be treated with laser frenectomy. The laser removes soft tissue folds and removes speech impairment.
- Laser dentistry and sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea which results from tissue overgrowth can easily be treated by employing lasers. Lasers reshape the throat and remove tissue overgrowth, which treats breathing ailments.
- Laser dentistry and TMJ.
Lasers help in reducing pain and inflammation in the Temporomandibular joint.
- Laser dentistry and nerve regeneration.
Lasers can help revive marred blood vessels, nerves, and scars.
- Laser dentistry and impacted wisdom teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth fail to erupt through the gums and remain entrapped below the gumline. Lasers cut through the gums with great precision to expose the impacted wisdom teeth for removal.
At Murray Dental Care of Cupertino, our entire team of dentists and hygienists is committed to providing supreme quality dental care to our patients and their families. If you are inclined towards taking the first steps to improve your dental health and hygiene, call us at (408) 253-5277 to book an appointment.