Laser in Dentistry
The word laser is an acronym for Light Amplification Stimulated Emission Radiation. Medical professionals use lasers, to alter or remove tissue in small amounts. Laser surgery is not limited to dentistry, but many people have never heard of laser dentistry before having it done.
Dentists use lasers in a variety of procedures involving the inside of the mouth, be it to remove overgrown tissue, to reshape the gums, or to whiten teeth. Sometimes, laser dentistry is ideal for children who become anxious or afraid when having dental work done.
The advantages of using laser technology in dentistry:
- Psychological acceptance of patients
- No bleeding cuts
- Reduces need to take stitches
- Reduces need for injection of anesthesia
- Provides precise and controlled cut
- Causes no collateral damage to adjacent tissue
- Painless and less degree of edema after surgery
- Provides higher level of patient comfort
There are two kinds of lasers which are used at a dental clinic, they are:
Hard Tissue Laser
A hard tissue laser is used primarily for your bones, enamel or dentine. Therefore, these lasers can very accurately cut into your teeth to remove small amounts for shaping purposes or in preparation for procedures. Hard tissue lasers are used for:
- Detecting cavities
- Dealing with tooth sensitivity
- Preparing teeth for dental fillings
Soft Tissue Laser
The soft tissue lasers use a light wavelength that hemoglobin and water absorb easily. Hemoglobin is the blood molecule which allows soft tissue lasers to work with it easily.
These lasers are ideal for cutting into soft tissue and sealing the exposed blood vessels at the same time. This is the reason why only minimal bleeding happens during laser dentistry and why healing is quicker. Soft tissue lasers are great for cosmetic procedures because you can begin to see results right away. Soft tissue lasers are used for:
- Lengthening crowns
- Dealing with restricted tongue movement
- Reshaping the gums to create a more pleasing smile
- Removing folds in oral soft tissues caused by dentures
Most importantly, one of the benefits of laser treatment is that patients can expect a shorter recovery time as well. In conclusion, laser dentistry is a convenient solution to many oral and dental problems, whether serious in nature or simply cosmetic. Feel free to discuss your treatment options with our friendly dentists at TAG Dental and book your first laser treatment with us today!