Lasers are being used more and more by dentists all over the United States as both doctors and their patients realize just how valuable they can be in everything from laser cavity detection to root canals to treating periodontal disease. Dental lasers are used in both general and cosmetic dentistry.
The advantages of laser dentistry seem to outweigh the disadvantages:
Pro – Laser dentistry usually means less pain and discomfort for the patient. In fact, in many situations the patient can opt to forgo Novocain shots, medication or general anesthesia.
Pro – Laser dentistry is faster than traditional dentistry and requires fewer follow up visits once a procedure is finished.
Pro – Because lasers are more precise than traditional dental tools, it means the dentist can be more precise when removing diseased tissue, while preserving the tissue and tooth material that is healthy. This is particularly true when using lasers for treating dental caries or removing diseased periodontal tissue.
Pro – With lasers, dentists have the ability to seal tissue. This reduces the need for sutures and results in less bleeding and swelling. Recovery and healing are speeded up as well.
Pro – Lasers may help reduce patient anxiety, particular those with a fear of drills. By contrast, lasers are smaller and quieter.
Con – Lasers are state of the art technology and very expensive to purchase and maintain. The high cost of equipment can translate into a higher cost for patients.
Con – The only other major disadvantage to laser dentistry is that lasers can only be used on bone and tissue. They cannot be used to remove fillings, crowns or other artificial dental structures.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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