Sun, Jul 29, 2012
How Do Lasers Work in Dentistry?
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth beaching agents.
Still, some dentists are using lasers to treat:
- Tooth decay. Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling. Lasers are also used to “cure” or harden a filling.
- Gum disease. Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
- Biopsy or lesion removal. Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Laser are also used to remove lesions in the mouth; and relieve the pain ofcanker sores.
- Teeth whitening. Lasers are used to speed up the in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is “activated” by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.
Benefits of Choosing Laser Dentistry Procedures
Most people are petrified to visit the dentist because of the pain felt during the procedure. As children we often worrie because we do not know what to expect during a cleaning of cavity extraction. Most of the pain people are afraid off is psychological. Many speculate that this directly relates to the whining noise of the dental instruments.
With today’s technology, dentists throughout the world are offering patients the opportunity to explore the newest technology of laser dentistry. The lasers that are used in these kinds of procedures are just instruments used for dentisty purposes. Some of the procedures where cutting edge dentists take advantage of lasers are bleaching of teeth, surgery, removal of teeth, and restoration of dental health.
Unlike procedures that are done with the usual dental instruments, laser are very comprehensive and less traumatic to the patient. All that the person needs to do is relax, lie comfortable, and wear the safety glasses.
The good thing about laser dentistry procedures is that they never have any of the buzzing or annoying sounds that are responsible for added trauma to the patient. The only thing that people usually experience is a rush of cool air, which is caused by the suction to clean the area.
The time taken for these types of procedures can vary according to the type of treatment. When you consider a short procedure, a local anesthesia is not always required. The blood loss is usually significantly. When people go with laser dentistry, swelling is tremendously reduced.
The laser used in bleaching teeth has effects that are a lot faster and more effective. All the other restorative measures that are, performed on the teeth, using laser are more effective. With laser, tooth decay does not even require anesthesia to be removed. These are some of the wonders of laser dentistry that make it one of the best dentistry inventions of the new century.
How are lasers used in dentistry?
Dental lasers can be used to:
reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
- remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
perform biopsy procedures.
remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
help treat infections in root canals.
- speed up tooth whitening procedures.
Simply put, the benefits of laser dentistry are indeed a lot compared to those of the traditional methods. Since the process is less invasive, there is also less bleeding and faster healing time. The process is more precise and even more affordable compared with traditional dental treatments since there are fewer equipment used, plus the fact that most treatments are painless, patients prefer not to be administered with anesthesia. So go ahead and give your dentist a visit and see what laser dentistry can do for you today.
J. Anthony “Tony” Kososki, DDS, FAGD
304 S. Cottonwood Drive, Suite C – Location #1
Richardson, TX 75080
Phone (214) 446-1946