What is Laser Dentistry?

What is Laser Dentistry?

What is Laser Dentistry?

Dr. Gromov explain the laser treatment
What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry is the use of lasers to treat a number of different dental conditions. It became commercially used in clinical dental practice for procedures involving tooth tissue in 1989. Laser dentistry potentially offers a more comfortable treatment option for a number of dental procedures involving hard or soft tissue compared to drills and other non-laser tools.

LASER stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” The instrument creates light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. This laser light produces a reaction when it hits tissue, allowing it to remove or shape the tissue.

Laser dentistry is used in a variety of procedures, including:

Lasers can make dental treatments more efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved laser dentistry as a treatment option for several dental conditions.

How are laser treatments performed?

The two main types of procedures used for laser dentistry are hard tissue and soft tissue procedures. Hard tissue refers to the teeth, and soft tissue refers to the gums.

Common hard tissue procedures include:

  • Cavity detection. Lasers can detect cavities early by finding evidence of tooth decay.
  • Tooth preparations and dental fillings. Local anesthesia and traditional drills are often not needed with laser treatments. Lasers can kill bacteria in a cavity, which can aid in the long-term health of a tooth.
  • Treating tooth sensitivity. Teeth that have the sensitivity to hot and cold can be treated with dental lasers that seal tubules on the tooth’s root.

Common soft tissue procedures include:

  • Treating a “gummy smile.” Lasers are used to reshape gum tissue associated with “gummy smile,” in which the gums’ length covers much of the tooth.
  • Crown lengthening. This procedure reshapes both gum tissue and bone for healthier tooth structure, which helps with placing restorations on the teeth.
  • Treating tongue frenulum attachment. Those with a thick or tight frenulum (the fold of skin under the front part of the tongue that anchors to the mouth floor) may benefit from a laser frenectomy. This treatment helps children whose restricted frenulum causes them to be tongue-tied, have difficulty breastfeeding, or have a speech impediment.
  • Removing soft tissue folds. Lasers can remove soft tissue folds from ill-fitting dentures without pain or sutures.
Benefits of using laser dentistry over other methods:

Traditional treatment
The traditional chairside protocol consists of the use of ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar, biofilm, and toxic bacteria from tooth root surfaces. This can cause bleeding, swelling, and pain.

A Wise alternative

Laser treatment is a non-surgical, tissue-preserving, regenerative, and bone-building procedure offered as an alternative to traditional treatment. Lasers provide fast, simple, and highly effective treatments for procedures such as

  • Sulcular debridement or soft tissue curettage
  • Gingivoplasty and gingivectomy
  • Gum pigmentation removal
  • Crown lengthening
  • Implant recovery
  • Periodontal regeneration and many more

Lasers use tiny beams of light to access an infected pocket and kill the infected tissue and bacteria. Once the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, the calculus is removed with an ultrasonic root cleaner. Lastly, laser energy is used to warm the stem cell that contains blood in the pocket, which creates a seal of tissues against the tooth root.

Laser technology demonstrates positive effects on decreasing bacteria, removing calculus, assisting in tissue reattachment, and biostimulation for better healing.

Why choose Laser Treatment:

Lasers are considered a leading-edge treatment for periodontal disease. Advantages of laser treatment include:

  • Enhanced success
  • Reduced anxiety in patients
  • Eliminated drill noise and noisy ultrasonic instruments
  • Limits bleeding
  • Minimizes risk of bacterial infection
  • Preserves healthy parts of the teeth
  • Sealed periodontal pockets
  • Reduced gum trauma
  • Minimized swelling during treatment
  • Faster healing time
  • Can be optimized for patients

We at Right choice dental care use Fotona’s dual-wavelength LightWalker® Er:YAG and Nd:YAG dental lasers which are the perfect tools for performing the widest variety of precise laser-assisted periodontal procedures in a minimally invasive, cost-effective manner to greater patient satisfaction.

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