Proper dental care has long been vitally important, as it not only helps to protect the function and comfort of the mouth but also the overall health of the entire body. That said, dental care has not traditionally been a comfortable experience for the patient. Fortunately, the entire field of dentistry has evolved considerably over time, allowing patients today to experience more comfortable, precise and effective dental treatments and procedures than patients of yesterday. One of the many valuable evolutions in dentistry that can markedly improve patient comfort is the introduction and expansion of dental laser procedures.
About Dental Lasers
Dental lasers can be enormously beneficial to the patient for a variety of reasons. Some procedures that normally require sutures may be able to be performed with soft tissue dental lasers instead, especially since dental lasers can help to minimize bleeding and tissue damage and improve tissue regeneration time. Dental lasers can also greatly reduce the chance of bacterial infections since they sterilize the areas they are used on. This means that when used in addition to or as a replacement of traditional dental treatments and procedures, dental lasers can ensure better results with less discomfort.
The two main types of dental lasers include:
- Hard tissue dental lasers. These dental lasers are used where bone and teeth need to be cut for any reason, such as when preparing teeth for composite bonding of fillings.
- Soft tissue dental lasers. These dental lasers are used to penetrate and remove soft tissue, while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue and sealing off blood vessels and nerve endings. Patients who receive soft tissue dental laser treatments and procedures often experience little to no pain and faster healing times when compared to other, traditional dental treatments and procedures.
Using one (or sometimes both) of these two main types of dental lasers, dentists can perform an extensive array of dental treatments and procedures, such as:
- Early cavity detection. Specially designed soft tissue dental lasers can be used to help detect the early signs of tooth decay so that it can be repaired rapidly.
- Tooth preparation for fillings. Traditional tooth preparation for fillings requires that the dentist give the patient an injection of local anesthetic and then use a drill in order to clean out decayed and damaged tooth material. With a dental laser, the patient may not need an injection of local anesthetic, and the laser can actually more efficiently prepare the tooth for filling as it kills any bacteria hiding within the cavity.
- Resolution of tooth sensitivity issues. Patients who suffer from hot and cold tooth sensitivity can experience relief when dental lasers are used to seal the small tubes on the root of the tooth that cause this sensitivity.
- Crown lengthening. Reshaping gum tissue and bone, which is referred to as crown lengthening, can be done with dental lasers in order to expose healthier tooth structure that can be used for better placement of dental restorations.
- Improving gummy smiles. Gummy smiles are essentially a cosmetic concern where the patient exposes more gum tissue with their smile than they would prefer. A dental laser can be used to help reshape the gum tissue and expose healthy tooth structure instead, giving the patient a healthier-looking smile.
- Removal of benign tumors. Benign tumors can often be removed from the gums, palate, sides of the cheek and lips without pain or sutures through the use of a dental laser.
- Cold sore healing. The pain and healing time of cold sores can be reduced with the use of dental lasers.
- Faster teeth whitening. The bleaching of teeth that occurs for the purpose of teeth whitening can be sped up through the use of dental lasers.
- And much, much more.
Changing the Face of Dentistry
Clearly, dental lasers are changing the very face of dentistry. They have the enormous potential to continue to replace more costly, time-consuming and painful dental treatments and procedures so that more individuals are able and willing to receive the professional oral care they need. More intrusive dental tools such as the scalers used to scrape plaque and tartar from the teeth and the drill used to remove decayed and damaged tooth material from cavities may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to ever-evolving and effective dental lasers and dental laser procedures.
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