Dental lasers are an advanced type of dental instrument used in general and cosmetic dental procedures. Many times, it is used in place of older instrumentation such as a scalpel or drill because of its many benefits not only for the dental team but also you as a patient. It has been used since the early 1990’s in dentistry, and both soft and hard tissue lasers are used at Smile Care. The use of lasers has been approved by the FDA and is perfectly safe for you. Dr. Paul is very excited about this technology as it improves the dental experience for you, the patient!
What is a laser?
A laser is a form of light that transmits energy.
What is a soft tissue laser?
A soft tissue laser treats the gum and other mouth tissue.
What is a hard tissue laser?
A hard tissue laser treats the tooth and enamel.
What is laser dentistry?
Laser Dentistry is the use of soft and hard tissue lasers in dental treatments.
A laser can:
- Vaporize tissue.
- Cut tissue.
- Strengthen the bond between a filling and tooth.
- Seal tissue.
- Activate whitening solutions.
When is laser dentistry used?
Laser dentistry is used in the following ways:
- To treat tooth decay. A laser can remove any bacteria or decay and prepare your enamel for a filling. It can also be used to harden the filling.
- In teeth whitening. A solution is placed on your teeth, and a laser is used to activate the solution, thus leaving you with a whiter and brighter smile!
- To treat canker sores. Have you ever had a bothersome sore on your gums or the inside of your cheeks, which is painful, especially when eating? This is many times a classic canker sore. If the pain cannot be relieved with traditional methods, we can use our laser to help seal the sore, which accelerates the healing process and prevents further pain.
- To reshape gums and tissue and remove bacteria. This is especially useful during root canal treatment, or if there has been recession of the tissue.
- To release a tight frenum, also known as reversing a tongue-tie (medically known as the condition of Ankyloglossia).
What are the benefits?
- Less anesthesia is needed during procedures, as it causes less pain than other instrument or methods.
- No drill is needed, decreasing your anxiety as many patients have a hard time with the sound and feel of a dental drill.
- Bleeding and swelling are minimized, thus accelerating the healing process and minimizing pain after procedures.
- We are able to preserve the largest amount of healthy tooth enamel due to the laser’s precision.