Many dental offices today are adopting innovations that improve the variety and accuracy of procedures they can provide. One of the latest technologies available to aid in soft and hard tissue procedures is dental lasers, which are growing in popularity and functionality. With the ability to provide a wide variety of treatments from gum re-contouring to whitening, lasers can make your dental appointments faster, safer, and less painful.
A Safe, Proven Dental TechnologyLasers operate by turning energy into a light beam that is strong enough to eliminate diseased tissue without friction and heat. Depending on the laser, the light beam can have different widths and strengths, making it easy to control. What’s incredible about dental lasers is their ability to destroy bacteria almost completely while leaving surrounding healthy tissue intact. When cleaning a periodontal pocket or removing decay, dental lasers gently remove tissue and encourage new cell growth. Research has proven that these procedures have shorter recovery times and can often be performed with less anesthesia. Treatment using lasers is more comfortable, with only a slight feeling of warmth. Laser therapy usually produces minor side effects, like swelling or tenderness, but rarely involves the kind of complications that can come with more traditional dental surgery. Lasers let you receive treatments with less noise, less vibration, and less bleeding. The laser cauterizes cells as it works, reducing tissue damage and residual pain, and even allowing for fewer sutures and stitches. It encourages clotting during the procedure, which signals the body to produce new, healthy tissue in the area.
Precision Treatment for Better Oral HealthDental lasers come in two major classes for use on either hard or soft tissue. These different types allow for targeted treatment that is incredibly precise. This high-tech control will enable dentists to remove cavities, clean periodontal pockets, and remove stains from teeth in controllable increments.
- Lasers can be used for a variety of treatments, including:
- Crown lengthening to improve a “gummy smile.”
- Precise tumor removals and biopsies.
- Deep cleaning to restore damage from gum disease.
- Frenum removal to correct tongue-tie.
- Muscle pain therapy to treat TMJ disorders.
- Quick healing of cold sores.