Lasers are making dental care more comfortable and convenient in many different aspects of dentistry. They can be used on both hard and soft tissues, allowing dental treatments to be performed more efficiently. Here are just 3 ways you might see lasers used by your dentist:
When your dentist repairs a decayed tooth, the cavity needs to be completely removed along with a small amount of enamel surrounding the area. Because lasers are so precise, they prevent excessive enamel removal during restorative procedures. That means smaller, more conservative restorations that preserve as much healthy enamel possible.
Because hard tissue lasers are effective for enamel preparation, they can allow your dentist to perform standard treatments such as fillings, inlays and onlays without a drill. If the area is small enough, the entire procedure can even be completed without the need for local anesthesia.
Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
If you’ve battled gum disease, lasers can make it easier for you to eliminate your periodontal infection and aid in the reduction of gum pockets around your teeth. Soft tissue lasers are typically used in conjunction with deep cleanings (periodontal scaling and root planing) to eliminate active bacteria from the gum pockets and remove the thin layer of diseased tissue nearest the root of the tooth. This allows the gums to adhere directly to the tooth, encouraging tissue reattachment. Instead of advanced gum surgeries performed in another facility, laser gum therapy can help reverse the disease process and improve your chances of retaining your teeth for the rest of your life.
The next time you need dental treatment, ask your dentist if lasers are an option for you!
Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
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