Most dental issues can be easily remedied with a simple visit to the dentist, but many Americans are fearful of the pain they may endure and just can’t tolerate the shrieking sound of the drill. New technology is making dental procedures much less painful and more pleasant thanks to the use of laser dentistry. Treatments are often able to be performed without the use of needles for administering a local anesthetic and without having to listen to the harsh sound of the drill.
Many dental professionals use the WaterLase® system to treat patients who require root canal therapy, dental fillings due to cavity or decay, and some periodontal and other soft-tissue treatments. It combines water, air and laser energy to treat an array of dental issues by using the laser to agitate the water molecules in an area of decay, which breaks up the affected area of the tooth without traditional drilling. The dental laser releases water as it’s in use and keeps the tooth hydrated while preventing heat from building up, which is how it is able to provide a virtually pain-free experience.
The acute accuracy of lasers also allows the dentist to treat selected areas of the mouth without affecting any of the surrounding tissue. This will help alleviate damage and pain to the hard and soft tissue that surrounds the area of restoration. Traditional drills have been proven effective but can actually crack the unaffected portion of a tooth with the constant spinning and pressure that is applied to the tooth during treatment for cavities or decay. Drills are also not as precise as a laser and are often found to be abrasive and damaging to surrounding gum tissue. With laser dentistry, the appliance doesn’t provide pressure or force on the tooth or tissue, therefore eliminating much of the cause for concern with the use of a drill.
Laser dentistry is also often used to seal off nerve endings and blood vessels during treatment, which can result in reduced bleeding, swelling and discomfort following tooth restoration. Additionally, such treatment will greatly diminish the need for use of a local anesthetic, so nearly gone are the days of leaving the dentist’s office with a swollen or numb mouth and face.
The WaterLase system can be used to treat various dental ailments and provides your dental professional with the opportunity to treat multiple issues during the same visit. Reducing the number of dental visits will certainly save you time spent in the chair and can save you money as well.
Since the technology is safe for both adult and pediatric patients, it has become common for parents to seek out dentists who specialize in laser dentistry for their children’s care in order to provide them with a pain-free experience and less chance that they will avoid dental care upon reaching adulthood. Growing up never knowing the sound of the drill or having to experience the pain and numbing effect of anesthetic needles will surely foster a generation that doesn’t fear going to the dentist and takes better care of their teeth throughout their lifetime.
For more information about laser dentistry and the Waterlase® laser platform, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.