Laser technology has been around for quite some time.
Even in the dental world, lasers are becoming the “future” of tooth repair and maintenance.
This technology is not only interesting, it’s also extremely helpful in several different dentist procedures.
Laser technology is currently being used for, but not limited to:
Gum disease treatment
Thanks to the wonderful world of lasers, we have the technology at our fingertips to remove harmful bacteria, rid of diseased tissue of the gums, and to reshape the gums. This gum treatment is known as LANAP.
Lasers are also being used to improve the appearance of our pearly whites. In about an hour-long procedure at the dentist office, you can have laser teeth whitening done. A bleach-containing gel is applied to the teeth and is activated by a laser, making the teeth brighter and whiter than ever before.
Root canal therapy
Nobody likes root canals, but luckily, the procedure is being improved and changed with the help of laser technology. If receiving a root canal is a procedure that makes you nervous, perhaps you’ll find this method to be a great alternative to a traditional, drill-based root canal.
The Waterlase® dental laser, approved by the FDA, combines high pressure water and a laser to rid of any dead tissue, infection, and bacteria found within a root’s canal. With enough pressure and heat generated by this laser, there is no need for drills and other loud, painful dental roots to provide root canal therapy to a patient. This is by far one of the best laser technologies found in the dental world today.
Oral ulcers, cysts, and other lesions can now be removed via a dental laser. The laser used for this procedure contains a light beam that is strong enough to vaporize dead tissue, reducing pain and scarring after the removal is completed. In many cases of oral lesion, you can kiss knives, drills, and other seemingly scary dental tools goodbye.
Tooth decay treatment
Forget the drills used to treat a decayed tooth. Instead opt for a dental laser to get the same job done, in a much quieter and less painful manner.
Using a light beam, the laser used for treatment of tooth decay is able to cut out the decayed portion of a tooth before a filling, a much more calming way for patients to receive such a treatment.
Pros of dental laser treatment:
- Reduces pain and scarring
- Much quieter in comparison to conventional drills
- Helps reduce dental anxiety in patients
- Quicker healing time
- More precise
- Less bleeding during procedure
- Less use of anesthesia
Cons of dental laser treatment:
- Typically much more expensive for procedures
- Sometimes difficult finding a dentist who offers such technology
- Can’t be used on all dental-related procedures
- Takes more time than a traditional method
- Conventional drills may still be necessary in certain procedures, alongside laser treatment.
- Already-filled teeth can’t be operated on with dental lasers.