The future of dentistry is here, and we’re not just talking about dental implants. Laser use is becoming more and more common in everyday dental offices as an effective, minimally invasive way to treat patients. Not only are lasers more comfortable, they often lessen or eliminate the need for anesthetics and result in faster (or no) healing time.
Here are some of the common ways that lasers are being implemented into dentistry:
Soft tissue lesion treatment.
Having an ulcer or a cold sore doesn’t mean you have to wait days for it to heal. Just pop by the dental office and ask to have them treat it with a soft tissue laser. In just a few seconds, the lesion will no longer be active, and there will be no more discomfort in the area where it was.
Gum therapy and recontouring.
If you’re being treated for gum disease, lasers can help create a bacteria-free environment around your tooth, and in the deep gum pockets that are affected by the condition. Although dentists are the primary person to use lasers, some states are now allowing hygienists to become certified in laser treatments as well, allowing them to implement them into periodontal treatment appointments.
Gingival recontouring can also be performed with lasers. It takes just a few minutes, but uneven or bulky gum tissues can easily and comfortably be recontoured for an entirely new look.
Laser Cavity Detection
Cutting edge laser cavity detection equipment can detect smaller cavities than tradtional cavity detection techniques. The advantage is that these cavities can be treated at the earliest stage which means smaller fillings and less damage to the tooth.
Some types of lasers are even useful on hard tissues like enamel. This allows dentists to remove tooth decay and prep teeth for fillings without requiring the use of traditional drilling or rough handpieces. Fillings are quieter, gentler, and require even less tooth preparation!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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