Laser technology is one of the major advances in modern dentistry. Dental lasers are increasingly used to treat tooth decay, gum disease, perform biopsies, remove oral lesions, cure restorative materials, and activate in-office teeth whitening systems. They have also been used in regenerating nerves, overcoming sleep apnea, and treating TMJ disorders.
At Radiant Dental Care in Pasadena, TX, we offer our patients laser procedures to reduce their dental anxiety, control postoperative bleeding and swelling, and preserve healthy tooth structure during the removal of decay.
How Do Lasers Work?
Dental lasers operate by combining the laser energy with water and air to carefully cut and shape selected soft or hard tissues in the mouth. They produce an intense beam of light to precisely cut through the tooth structure by stimulating the water molecules in the tooth. It works without applying direct pressure or vibration to the tooth. As a result, they minimize the discomfort of the procedure and eliminate the need for anesthesia. Though lasers can make procedures comfortable, they can only be used in some specific dental treatments.
How Are Lasers Used in Dentistry?
Laser dentistry can be beneficial in the following dental procedures:
- Remove dense tissues
- Remove inflamed gum tissue
- Treat periodontal disease
- Remove or recontour gums or bone tissue
- Treat infections
- Spot cavities
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
What Are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?
- Patients have a more comfortable dental experience.
- Laser dentistry can deliver precise treatment.
- Treatments are faster with more effective results.
- Many laser treatments do not require anesthesia
- The recovery time is much quicker than the conventional treatments
- The chances of bacterial infections are reduced
- Patients bleed less than in traditional surgery.
What Are the Two Types of Laser Dentistry?
There are two significant types of laser dentistry: hard tissue and soft tissue.
- Hard Tissue Lasers
This type of laser is used to detect cavities and dental fillings, as well as reduce tooth sensitivity. The wavelength of the laser employed in hard tissue lasers can precisely cut through water and bone.
- Soft Tissue Lasers
Soft tissue dental lasers make use of the exact wavelength that water and hemoglobin can easily absorb, making them the best lasers for cosmetic and gum treatment procedures. Soft tissue treatments include reshaping gums, crown lengthening, removal of excessive tissues covering the tooth, etc.
To learn more about laser dentistry and how you can benefit from a laser treatment, please visit us at Radiant Dental Care in Pasadena or call at (281) 991-6530 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Sprott.