Innovative technology has reached nearly every industry worldwide, and dentistry is reaping the rewards. The use of lasers may not yet be considered mainstream in dental practices. Still, dental laser technology has changed considerably over the years, offering patients faster, easier, more precise, and less painful treatment options.
Each laser used in dentistry has a unique wavelength of light that allows them to adapt to different procedures. The highly focused light beams can target multiple oral health issues, and the minimally invasive treatment option offers patients enticing benefits that perhaps trump traditional dental treatment options.
In dentistry, different lasers focus on treating the teeth, while others focus on treating gums and soft tissue. The main lasers used for hard and soft tissues of the mouth are Er,Cr:YSGG, Er:YAG and Nd:YAG. The most common dental procedures using hard lasers include preparing and shaping teeth before composite bonding, dental fillings, treating tooth sensitivity, and the early detection of cavities. Additionally, hard lasers often reduce the need for anesthesia, which we all know patients would thoroughly enjoy.
One of the most common uses of soft tissue lasers in dentistry is treating periodontal disease. Soft tissue lasers can cut into the tissue while simultaneously sealing exposed blood vessels, helping reduce bleeding and lessening the overall healing time. Soft tissue laser treatments include mild to severe gum disease, treating cold sores and ulcers, crown lengthening, and removing excess gums.
Beyond hard and soft tissue procedures, lasers in dentistry offer various other treatments, including teeth whitening, TMD treatment, sleep apnea support, nerve regeneration, and removing benign tumours from the gums, palate, cheeks, and lips.
Alongside enhanced treatment options, the use of lasers in dentistry provides patients with significant benefits:
Dentists strive to ensure their patients experience a pain-free visit, but some procedures can be uncomfortable and, for some, create anxiety. By eliminating traditional, sharp dental tools and, in some cases, the use of anesthesia, laser dentistry ensures a more relaxed dental appointment experience.
Faster Healing and Recovery
Thanks to lasers in dentistry, healing occurs more quickly, and tissue regenerates more effectively, meaning patients can spend less time recovering and return to their daily routines much more quickly.
Less Risk of Infection
Dental lasers sterilize the area as it treats, resulting in less bleeding during the procedure and recovery. They also disinfect the treated area, decreasing the bacterial infection risk post-treatment.
Research has shown that more than 60 percent of people experience dental fear, often associated with anesthesia and the dreaded sound of drilling. Instead of vibrating the plaque off the teeth, the laser instantly vaporizes it, eliminating the associated noise and discomfort.
This innovative form of oral care will continue to make waves in the industry and provide patients with safe, gentle, and precise treatment options.