What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is an increasingly popular option for a growing number of today’s dentists and dental patients. It involves the use of a laser instrument designed to produce a narrow beam of intense light energy to remove and shape both hard and soft tissue.
Lasers were first used in dentistry in 1990. Since then, they’ve become a familiar option for millions of people throughout Western Australia (and worldwide), who are interested in safe and effective treatment for several dental procedures.
In fact, skilled and experienced dentists can utilise lasers to:
- Remove overgrown tissues
- Remove inflamed gum tissue and help treat gum disease
- Reshape gum or bone tissue for crown procedures
- Reduce cold or canker sore discomfort
- Manage gum tissue during crown impressions
- Expose wisdom teeth
- Help treat infected root canals
- Perform biopsies
- Expedite teeth whitening procedures and more!
While the potential for laser dentistry is unquestionable, it takes a skilled dentist to treat a highly specific area without causing damage to surrounding tissues.
Currently, only approximately 10% of general dentists throughout Perth perform laser dentistry, and the majority of them use lasers specifically for soft tissue applications. However, as dental laser applications continue to expand, more and more dentists will begin utilising this technology to offer patients precision treatment with minimal pain and less recovery time.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are numerous benefits including:
- Minimal damage to surrounding tissue
- Many procedures don’t require stitches or anesthesia
- Less bleeding due to increased clotting of exposed blood vessels
- Reduced risk of bacterial infections
- Faster healing and tissue regeneration
Types of Dental Lasers
There are a variety of FDA-approved soft and hard tissue lasers for dental use. If you’re considering laser dentistry treatment, it may be useful to know a little about each type of laser to better understand their unique characteristics.
Soft Tissue Lasers
Soft tissue lasers deliver a wavelength of light energy with a high water and hemoglobin absorption rate, making them highly effective for soft tissue removal and management. These specialised lasers are able to penetrate soft tissue and seal the nerve endings and blood vessels. This results in little to no post-operative pain. Soft tissue lasers also promote faster tissue healing. With these obvious benefits, it’s easy to see why a growing number of dental practices are utilising soft tissue lasers for their gum sculpting procedures.
Hard Tissue Lasers
Hard tissue lasers deliver a light energy wavelength with a high water and hydroxyapatite wavelength. Hydroxyapatite is a calcium phosphate salt commonly found in the teeth and bones. This makes hard tissue lasers much better for penetrating dense tooth structure. In fact, they’re able to do so with extreme precision, making them an ideal tool for removing tooth structure, prepping teeth for composite bonding, and repairing worn down fillings.
In addition to soft and hard tissue lasers, optical lasers with Optical Coherence Tomography are also regularly used as a form of non-invasive imaging. Meanwhile, other lasers are able to provide energy and certain proteins for improved cellular regeneration and faster healing.
What to Expect After a Procedure
With traditional dentistry, everyone’s post-operative experience is different depending on the procedure and the health of their teeth and gums. However, most patients can usually expect three things: bleeding, stitches, and pain.
Laser dentistry patients, on the other hand, have a much different post-op experience. A laser causes much less pain and bleeding than a scalpel, and there’s no open wound that needs caring for. Nonetheless, proper care and cleaning instructions must still be strictly followed to avoid infection and promote healing.
Why Choose This Type of Treatment?
More dentists are discovering this branch of dentistry for its myriad of benefits. Not only does laser dentistry provide superior treatment with the utmost accuracy and precision, but it minimises pain and expedites the recovery process as well.
If you’re in need of dental work and interested in cutting-edge dental treatments, this type of treatment is more than likely right for you. Efficient, convenient, safe, and stress-free, laser dentistry is all of these and more, making it an ideal choice for a variety of dental procedures.
At 123 Dental, we proudly perform a variety of laser dentistry treatment options and provide patients throughout Perth with brighter, healthier smiles; without the downsides of cutting or drilling. From general dentistry to oral reconstructive procedures, we do it all and are committed to providing maximum results with minimum pain and recovery time.