The implementation of laser technology is changing the way dentists are able to care for their patients. As a result, there are more types of treatments available, and the care is quicker and more comfortable. Here are a few examples of how lasers are being used in modern dental practices:
Oral lesion treatments.
Lesions like cold sores and ulcers can quickly be treated with a soft tissue laser. In just a few seconds, the sore area is gently cauterized and healing can take place. There are no more raw, tender areas in the mouth. Rather than waiting for up to 2 weeks for a cold sore or ulcer to heal on it’s own, it can be reversed at any point with a soft tissue laser.
Some dental offices are implementing lasers into their hygiene and gum disease treatment programs. Using a laser within the periodontal pocket around the teeth will remove disease-causing bacteria and eliminate active disease within the tissues. This is a great option for patients that have chronic gum disease and risk the loss of bone support, tooth mobility, and tooth loss.
Adjusting the margins of the gumlines can be both therapeutic and cosmetic. Patients with excess gum tissues can have “gummy” smiles, or teeth that appear shorter than they should be. Or perhaps you need a tooth restored, but not enough surfaces are visible. Recontouring the gumlines takes just a few seconds with a laser, and no anesthetic is needed! Unlike previous surgical techniques used for gum recontouring, laser recontouring does not require any recovery time or discomfort.
Other types of lasers are being introduced for hart tissues as well, allowing dentists to complete drill-free dentistry. Isn’t it amazing what laser technology can do for your smile?
Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa
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