Today’s dentists can use laser technology instead of traditional drills and other equipment to perform dental treatments that offer numerous benefits over more traditional methods. One system that allows dentists to perform various dental treatments with exceptional results is the Waterlase® laser dentistry system, an advanced system that uses laser-energized water to perform procedures that are similar in nature to those typically performed by dental drills.
The Waterlase® system can be used to perform procedures for both hard tissue and soft tissue applications. One of the most common uses of this system is to prepare teeth that have decay, or cavities, for a dental filling. In more extensive cases of decay, the laser can also be used to perform root canal therapy. Additionally, issues affecting the dentin and enamel of the teeth can be treated using this technology.
When it comes to soft tissue procedures, the laser dentistry system also offers effective results. It can be used during periodontal treatment on the gums, as well as when treating other soft tissue in the mouth, such as removal of the frenula.
One of the biggest benefits for patients in using this type of equipment when performing dental procedures is that dental lasers cause virtually no pain or discomfort during the treatment. Therefore, procedures can often be performed using little or no anesthesia. In contrast, drilling into the tooth surface can be a painful experience and often requires the use of a local anesthetic at the very least in order for the patient to feel comfortable.
Another benefit offered by this advanced technology is precision. The lasers can treat areas of the teeth where decay or cavities may exist without affecting the surrounding tissue. This allows any areas that require treatment to be addressed while letting patients retain more of their healthy tooth structure. This is an important aspect in maximizing dental health over the long run.
During procedures, the laser dentistry system can also seal off blood vessels and nerve endings, which results in less bleeding and swelling after the procedure, as well as less discomfort.
Additionally, procedures are performed with less noise and vibration than traditional drills. While this may not seem like such a big deal, it is in fact the very sound of a drill that often increases anxiety in patients and makes them avoid visiting the dentist for necessary procedures. Without the telltale sound of the drill, along with the knowledge that the procedures will result in virtually no pain or discomfort, patients are more likely to undergo needed treatment.
Laser dentistry has resulted in numerous advances in the treatment of simple cavities to more complex procedures and has resulted in procedures that are more comfortable, faster, more precise and that offer quicker recovery times. All of these benefits mean that dentists can do their job better and patients can feel more at ease while having fewer obstacles keeping them from maintaining their oral health.
For more information about the types of laser dentistry procedures offered at Gentle Dental in Queens, call 718-461-0100.