A beam of light can brighten your trip to the dentist
- Posted on: May 30 2016
You may be young enough to never have experienced the difference between traditional dental treatments as they compare to today’s laser treatment methods. But for many of us, the transition to laser solutions for dental problems has made a trip to the dentist less stressful, less painful and less likely to be avoided.
The technology is still considered cutting-edge and almost futuristic. However, lasers have been used in dentistry since about 1990 to provide safe and effective solutions for a multitude of complex as well as routine dental problems, including:
- Canker and cold sores
- Exposing partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Performing oral biopsies
- Removing gum tissue
- Treating gum disease
- Speeding up and intensifying tooth whitening
- Treating cavities
As with all lasers, laser dental instruments produce and intense and very narrow beam of light energy. When that light energy comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction that can remove or reshape it.
Lasers can improve the dental treatment experience for patients
In some procedures, use of a laser can mean the dentist won’t need to use a drill or anesthesia. When the dentist uses a laser drill, it is quieter and can often create the desired effect more quickly and precisely than a traditional drill. And by being more precise, laser procedures can reduce bleeding, symptoms and healing time. The laser also preserves more of your healthy tooth structure.
Lasers continue to illuminate dental therapies
Lasers are being used to detect dental disease at an earlier, more treatable stage. Diagnostic lasers can identify tiny areas of decay in the tooth’s biting surface where the dental explorer can’t reach. And bacteria in decayed teeth produce a glowing light, which can be detected by a laser. This can improve the examination process by identifying tooth decay, gum disease and other problems that might be missed. It could also allow the dentist to better monitor changes in decay from one visit to the next so that the best time to begin any necessary treatment can be more precisely determined.
Today’s laser dentistry options may be right for you
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