In recent years, laser dentistry has replaced many traditional dental procedures, making the treatments more accurate and less painful. This new approach in dentistry uses a light beam projected by a dental laser. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue remodeling and removal.

The FDA said in 1990 that laser dentistry is safe for public use. Since then, many dentists have incorporated dental lasers into the daily procedures reducing bleeding, anxiety and postcure healing time. The beauty of dental lasers is that they damage much less adjacent tissue than traditional techniques which means less discomfort and pain.

Here are some of the other benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Acceleration of healing and tissue regeneration
  • Better preservation of the natural tooth
  • Reduced bleeding during and after treatment
  • Reduced need for anesthesia
  • Reduced need for suture and number of sutures
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures

How can laser dentistry help me?

Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in an increasing number of common dental procedures. Although laser dentistry is particularly associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventive purposes.

Here are some of the ways to use dental lasers:

  • Preparation of the teeth? Before the arrival of laser dentistry, a drill was needed to prepare the tooth for a filling. Lasers can now completely eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia. Lasers also kill oral bacteria around the surgical site successfully.
  • Soft tissue remodeling? Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to better expose the natural tooth (crown elongation), reshape soft tissue to make "too long" smiles more attractive, and remove excess soft tissue caused by wearing a soft tooth. dental prosthesis.
  • Frénectomy? Lasers can improve speech and eating habits of babies, children and adults by loosening the tongue.
  • Ablation of tumor? When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissues of the mouth, a dental laser can completely eliminate them without causing pain.
  • Whitening? Lasers can greatly accelerate the teeth whitening process by increasing the activity of the particles contained in the peroxide bleach solution.
  • Biopsy? Lasers are sometimes used to perform soft tissue biopsy in suspect areas. This biopsy can be performed quickly and with great precision.

How are laser procedures performed?

Different types of dental laser are offered to treat different conditions. Each laser uses a wavelength of light determined according to its use. The most common types of dental lasers are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers that are usually used to treat soft tissue problems. The dentist will decide what type of laser is best after performing X-rays and thorough examination.

The laser beam is extremely bright and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes. The dentist will direct the beam directly onto the affected area and will carefully dissolve the soft tissue, harden the filling, or whiten the teeth.

The procedure will take much less time than traditional methods and causes much less anxiety and discomfort. The only real disadvantage of laser dentistry is that it can be more costly.If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please discuss it with your dentist.