People fear dentists, pain and dental drill anxiety is widely spread. With new laser technology, there is no need for panic.
If you are incredibly anxious about the appointment, you can seek out the ones that have incorporated laser techniques into their practices. There are the couple of reasons to bring your smile back. Laser procedures are not painful and they don’t use dental drills. With less pressure, patients feel less pain, so there is no need for anesthesia in most of the procedures.
Surrounding tissue is far less damaged because of the precision.
It means that swelling is minimal after the procedures.
The beam of an optical device is sterilizing the areas that are worked on, and it’s helping the recovery process cause there is a minimal amount of blood loss.
Dentists can now control the output power of their instruments during the exposure of the tissue.
Now, with the laser technology, dentists can remove tooth decay and gum tissue without damaging the surrounding areas.
Types of dental procedures for Laser Dentistry
- Gum reshaping
- Treating gum disease.
- Exposing wisdom teeth.
- Regenerating damaged nerves.
- Removing benign oral tumors.
- Treating root canal infections.
- Canker sore and cold sore pain treatments.
- Removal of plaque
- Cleaning of the teeth
- Preventing infections during root canal procedures
Benefits of laser dentistry
- Anesthesia may not be necessary
- Less damage to gums shortens the healing time
- The laser will sterilize the gums, making infection less likely
- Patients lose less blood than traditional surgery
Types of Dental Lasers
Hard Tissue Lasers
They are used primarily for your teeth. The wavelength of these lasers cuts through calcium phosphates(hydroxyapatite), the core ingredient of your bones and your teeth, making them more useful for lowering through tooth structure. Hard tissue lasers include the Erbium YAG and the Erbium chromium YSGG.
Lasers are very accurate; They cut into your teeth with high precision.
HTL are great at “shaping” teeth for composite bonding, the removal of the small portion of the tooth.
Soft Tissue Lasers
These type of lasers use the wavelength that Hemoglobin and water efficiently absorb, so it’s excellent for gum work cause hemoglobin is the molecule that can be found in blood. STL is excellent for sealing the exposed blood vessels and cutting into soft tissue.
One of the reasons why these lasers are also great for cosmetic procedures is that you can see results right away. Laser technology is fantastic, and these are the reasons why healing is quicker after laser procedures.
STL is used for:
- Lengthening crowns
- Dealing with restricted tongue movement.
- Removing folds in oral soft tissues caused by dentures.
- Gummy Smile
- Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis)
- Muscle Attachment (Frenula)
Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)– technology has been used in quite some time in different types of medical procedures for years. Cost decreases as many oral practices have started to using laser technology. Eventually, lasers could be applied to any part of the tooth replacing the need for the dental drill. This may help a lot of people getting over thru anxiety before scheduling their appointment. Fear not, here comes the future!