When compared to traditional dental treatment, laser dentistry provides a modern alternative that ensures less bleeding, fewer stitches, a reduced risk of infection, and a more comfortable experience for the patient overall.
How does laser dentistry work?
For different types of treatments, different lasers are used. For dental purposes, the most common types of laser are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers. Your dentist will decide which type of laser to use based on your personal needs. Special glasses are used to protect the patient’s eyes during laser treatment. All dentists who employ laser technology are fully qualified and educated in its use.
Using focused light beams, lasers are used to restore dental health by removing and reshaping tissue, activating bleaching agents and curing bonding agents. Laser dentistry is extremely accurate and allows the dentist to have precise control over your dental procedure. Laser dentistry can be used to treat hypersensitivity, tooth decay, gum disease, and also for teeth whitening. Laser dentistry works with both hard and soft tissue. Hard tissue procedures include cavity detection and fillings, and soft tissue procedures include dental crown lengthening and removing soft tissue folds from poorly-fitting dentures.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
In short, laser dentistry is generally a faster, more comfortable and more cost effective option when compared with traditional dental treatment. Because of the accuracy of laser dentistry procedures, treatment outcomes are often better. There is likely to be less bleeding and swelling than in traditional treatment, and a reduced risk of infection. When laser dentistry is used to treat cavities and employ dental fillings, there is no need for dental drills, which can be reassuring and comforting for the patient.
When treating tooth decay and cavities, laser treatments can kill bacteria inside a cavity, which in turn helps maintain the health of teeth in the long-term. White Bright Family Dental uses laser dentistry for many dental procedures, including gingivectomy, where diseased and overgrown gum tissue is removed. While gingivectomy was traditionally performed with surgical instruments, White Bright Family Dental now offers the modern laser alternative. Gingivectomy can now be performed without bleeding, discomfort or other complications.