One of the significant advances in modern dentistry has been the development of dental laser technology. This advanced system of care operates by generating focused light energy to safely, gently, and precisely shape as well as remove targeted amounts of tissue without affecting any adjacent areas.
In the field of dentistry, lasers are increasingly used to treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, perform biopsies, treat oral lesions, cure restorative (filling) materials, and activate in-office teeth whitening systems. By combining laser energy with water and air, dental lasers can precisely cut through and shape targeted areas of soft or hard tissues in the mouth. Since dental lasers operate without direct contact with the targeted tissues, and without any of the heat, vibration, or discomfort associated with conventional approaches to care, they often eliminate the need for local anesthesia. Dental lasers not only reduce the anxiety for patients fearful of dental work, but they also preserve healthy tooth structure during the removal of decay and minimize post-operative bleeding and swelling for quicker healing and recovery times.
Dental lasers have multiple applications in terms of periodontal care. Lasers may be used in several procedures, including the reduction of gingival pockets, the treatment of periodontitis, and the management of peri-implantitis. When employed to treat gum disease, dental lasers selectively vaporize the inflamed and diseased tissue inside of a periodontal pocket, while leaving the healthy tissue intact. Lasers also target and kill the bacteria that cause gum disease and help to facilitate the healthy reattachment of supporting tissues to the surface of the tooth’s root. In addition to all of these applications, a dental laser can be used to remove and re-contour gingival tissues for cosmetic purposes.
Among the many benefits offered by laser technology is the elimination of the usual discomfort associated with procedures performed with a surgical scalpel. In this respect, dental lasers minimize the need for dental anesthesia. In addition to offering more comfortable and stress-free care, lasers also cauterize tissue as they go, reducing bleeding during periodontal procedures. As a result, healing and recovery times using this approach to care are quicker with less post-operative swelling as well as scarring.
With laser dentistry, patients of all ages can enjoy the experience of more comfortable and stress-free care!