One of the most common misconceptions about dentistry is that if you need treatment it means it’s going to be uncomfortable. What if we told you that using a “laser” as part of your treatment would greatly improve the success of your treatment and decrease the level of discomfort after your visit?
Everyone’s dental experiences and preferences can be very different. This is why dental treatment and tools are always evolving to suit the changing needs of patients.
One of the most helpful tools we can utilize in dentistry are lasers! And guess what? They are practically painless!
What you might not know is that there are several applications for lasers in dentistry.
Read further about how the use of lasers in treatment can improve your oral health……
Lasers produce amplified, focused beams of light that have uses in everyday technologies like printers, barcode scanners, and DVD players, to name a few.
In medicine and dentistry, lasers can be used to cut tissue precisely with minimal pain or risk of infection. Many procedures using lasers don’t require anesthesia, minimize bleeding, and lower the risk of bacterial infection compared to traditional medical or dental instruments.
There are two main types of lasers used in dental offices today: hard tissue lasers and soft tissue lasers. Hard tissue lasers can be used to perform procedures on teeth or bone, much like a traditional dental drill. Soft tissues lasers can be used on gums, reducing bleeding and promoting faster healing in the affected areas.
Dentists can use lasers to:
- Find cavities
- Prepare teeth for fillings
- Reshape gums or treat gum disease
- Remove tissue
- Treat cold sores
- Speed up teeth whitening procedures
- Remove bacteria deep below the gums
While we’ve always loved giving our patients the best care possible, with the growing use of lasers in dentistry, we’re more convinced than ever that we can give our patients a higher than ever standard of care!