The word laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. There has been a plethora of research studies over the last two decades in laser application, and it has been proven to be a reliable, safe method of treating a number of dental issues. Using this cutting edge dental technology has made dental procedures more efficient than ever before.
Laser Use in Dentistry
In addition to efficiency, dental laser treatment has also increased the ease and comfort of the following procedures:
- Alleviate the discomfort from canker and cold sores.
- Remove overgrown tissue.
- Treat root canal infections.
- Remove or reshape gum and bone tissues while crown lengthening.
- Removal of cysts, abscesses, and neoplasms.
- Fibroma removal and implant recovery.
- Faster tooth whitening procedures.
- Cavity prevention or preparation.
- Wound care.
- Therapy for malignancies.
Types of Lasers
Dental lasers are classified by the types of tissues they can be used on. They are usually categorized as soft tissue lasers and hard tissue lasers, with the hard tissue lasers able to be used on both hard and soft tissues. They can also be named according to the medium used to create the laser, such as diode, CO 2, and others. The diode laser, however, is the most commonly used, because it is effective and reasonably priced.
Laser treatment time is much shorter than that of conventional procedures. It is also less painful, and patients enjoy a more relaxed experience. They also offer safety benefits such as the ability to control any bleeding from the gums during surgery and they reduce the amount of bacteria in diseased gum tissues or cavities.
With so many applications, less treatment time, and more comfort, laser technology can help you achieve the optimal dental experience. Be sure to ask how laser therapy might be able to help you at your next visit.