At present, lasers have a variety of useful applications in dental procedures including: removing decayed tooth, setting restorative materials, gum surgery, some tooth-whitening procedures, and more recently, in the treatment of gum disease.
There are different kinds of lasers with different settings which are very specific to individual procedures. When set to the safe and proper wavelength by a trained professional, lasers are not harmful to healthy gum tissue. Lasers can be used in place of metal instruments to remove small growths to test them for cancer. Even if the growths had already been judged as harmless, they can still be removed this way if they were a source of irritation to the patient. Lasers have also been used as a means of disinfecting the pockets around teeth that develop as a result of the action of the bacteria involved in periodontal disease (advanced gum disease).
How Can Lasers Help in Treating Gum Disease?
Some recent research suggests that the use of lasers after non-surgical treatment with mechanical instrumentation can both promote healing of the tissues and reduce the amount of bacteria in sites affected by periodontal disease.
According to data reported by the American Dental Association (ADA), the near future of periodontal treatment could see the introduction of a laser as a replacement for scaling and root planing procedures presently completed by hand.
As an alternative to traditional gum surgery, laser therapy results in quicker healing time, and less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
At your next dental visit, ask your dentist about the laser technology utilized in the office and how it can improve your next dental procedure.
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