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
The technology available to dentists and other dental health care providers today is truly amazing! Advances in dental technology have impacted all aspects of the dental profession and these advances have helped patients and dentists alike, while helping control costs. As one would expect, most of the technology advances have been focused on the increased usage of computers running specialized and very advanced software. In addition, the increased use of sophisticated lasers, have made an impact as well.
Preventative dentistry is one area that technology has made a huge impact. Now dentists have the ability to use 3D x-rays, as well as hand held lasers, to detect and correct cavities earlier than ever before. The early detection of tooth decay through laser cavity detection and other methods results in earlier treatment, which reduces the need to have more expensive procedures done such as root canals. Dental hygienists now use ultrasonic cleaning tools to remove plaque from teeth, reducing the need to manually scrape the patient’s teeth.
Recent technological advances have also positively impacted restorative and cosmetic dentistry. An example of this is the ability to use lasers to remove stains and other discolorations of teeth, restoring their white appearance within an hour. The use of lasers and computer aided manufacturing has made it possible for a patient to have a permanent crown fitted in less than a day. Permanent dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, while state of the art dental veneers are used to repair chipped or uneven teeth.
The advances in dental technology over the last 10 years have been significant and one can only dream of the advances that will occur in the next 10 years!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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