Lasers are a relatively new tool in the dental arsenal. Laser dentistry can be used in a variety of applications, and more uses for these powerful medical tools are evolving every day. The laser is rapidly becoming an everyday tool in the dentist’s arsenal.
Types of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry refers to any type of dental procedures that can be performed with a laser. The medical laser is becoming more and more commonplace, even in the dentist’s office. Dentists have developed a variety of uses for this versatile tool. Some of the more common applications of lasers include:
- Preparing teeth for fillings
- Activating whitening agents
- Gum surgery
When lasers are used to remove decay from teeth, preparing them to accept a filling, less of the tooth must be removed. The laser is smaller and more accurate than a traditional drill. It also is less likely to cause vibrational damage, since the laser doesn’t shake or create heat the way a traditional drill does. This use of lasers in dentistry makes restorations more comfortable for the patient. Lasers used in teeth whitening help intensify the effects of the whitening agent, ensure you’ll see a bright, white smile after your treatment is complete.
Dental Lasers and Surgery
Laser dentistry also extends to oral surgery. Laser gum surgery is a good example. When lasers are used to re-contour gums, or to perform gum surgery as a treatment for severe gum disease, the procedure is faster and more comfortable for the patient. Incisions do not need to be sewn up, since they are closed by the action of the laser. They also tend to heal more quickly.
Other oral surgeries can also benefit from lasers. If you have growths in your mouth that need to be removed, laser dentistry can make this procedure, too, less traumatic. Lasers are efficient, highly accurate, safe, and fast when used by experienced dentists. This helps make your time in the dental chair more comfortable, and often speeds your recovery, all from the simple change of a surgical tool.
Contact our office today to talk to our own Dr. Tomlin and see if laser dentistry is right for you.