With technological advancements, lasers have become much more than the imaginative weapon in a science fiction novel. Now lasers have industrial, scientific and medical capabilities. Dentistry is a medical area in which lasers have multiple functions and beneficial services to offer patients.
More than a simple zap of energy
While laser dentistry can provide patients with a painless, almost tool-free procedure, it is not a single zap or beam of light. The use of dental lasers requires specific training and certain safety protocol for a dentist to use during a procedure. Not all dental practices will use a dental laser in a patient’s treatment.
The American Dental Association lists a few of the uses dental lasers have:
- Reducing the level of bacteria
- Healing wounds in the gums or mouth
- Planting roots
- Aid in the diagnosis of dental caries (tooth decay)
- Hard tissue application
The Academy of Laser Dentistry explains that “Dental lasers are a family of instruments,” continuing that “Some lasers are used for surgery, some to cure restorative materials and enhance tooth bleaching.” It is understandable that some people may hold doubt or fears of laser dentistry. However, laser dentistry not only works but is only allowed to be used by trained professionals.
By using laser dentistry for treatment, patients can experience an efficient treatment method with little to no use of other dental tools. Dental lasers can target bacteria on or around the teeth and eliminate it. When it comes to tooth decay or dental caries, the ADA explains that “Laser fluorescence may be a useful adjunct in the detection of early enamel caries.” By being able to prevent further tooth decay early on in one visit, patients will not have to experience the later and more aggressive stages. They can also experience more pleasant treatment or dental cleanings in the process.
Other applications of laser dentistry
Another benefit of laser dentistry involves helping people who have anxiety about dental cleanings and checkups. For patients who struggle with the sound or feel of dental tools during a visit, “Lasers do not make whining sounds or other annoying noises,” the ALD writes. The patient does not have to worry since there are other safety measures in place to ensure the safety of the patient during treatment.
Whatever the cause of the dental anxiety may be, speaking with a dental professional about the option of laser dentistry will help to deal with some of that anxiety. A dentist will know if the procedure is right for laser dentistry or not and will go over the process. Simply talking about one’s anxiety with the dentist can help to face it and find a solution.
The ALD explains that “Safety glasses with special lenses will be provided,” adding that “Family and guests in the dental operatory at the time of your laser treatment may also be asked to wear protective eyeglasses.” Dental lasers in trained hands can be safe and helpful in common dental procedures. The ALD explains that with the use of laser dentistry in surgery, there is:
- A reduced need for local anesthesia
- Minimized bleeding
- Controlled swelling
- Little, if any, postoperative discomfort
Putting off a dental cleaning or checkup can lead to disastrous results in one’s teeth without proper care. Plaque can form on the teeth and build up, leading to infection. Fortunately, laser dentistry is one solution a professional dentist can use to help prevent the spread of infection. If you or a loved one is interested in laser dentistry during your next appointment, do not hesitate to call the dentist and ask about it.
Shoppingtown Dental Services
At Shoppingtown Dental Services in Dewitt, NY, we will customize your treatment to match your needs and schedule. Our professional staff creates a calm atmosphere for you during the appointment and treatment process. If you have any questions or are unsure of what is causing the pain in your teeth, do not hesitate to call us.
We will answer any questions and make sure you get all of the necessary information. We can help prevent damage to your teeth and set you on track for a lifetime of pristine oral health. At Shoppingtown Dental Services, your experience with us and your dental health are our prime concern.