While you have likely heard of laser dentistry if you have been to a modern dental office in recent times, you may be wondering what the advanced laser technology can do when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums. Most people think of whiter teeth when they think of dental lasers, since laser teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic option. However, there are other uses for lasers in today’s dental offices that have nothing to do with brightening the hue of your teeth.
Dental lasers, such as the Waterlase® System used by Gentle Dental, use laser-energized water to perform tasks similar to those traditionally performed by a dental drill. This allows dentists to tackle an extensive range of dental procedures with pinpoint accuracy, increased speed and reduced discomfort for the patient. Dental lasers are so precise that dental work can be performed while maintaining more of the surrounding tooth structure. This helps to optimize oral health by treating anything that needs to be treated without having to disturb otherwise healthy tooth structure or gum tissue.
In addition to improving the precision and accuracy of a treatment, the lasers also typically result in less pain, swelling and even bleeding. The lasers seal off blood vessels and nerve endings during treatment which results in these benefits. Additionally, patients generally enjoy the fact that treatment completed with dental lasers is quieter than similar treatments performed with traditional drills.
So what types of procedures can your dentist use laser dentistry techniques to complete? Of course, as we already noted, laser teeth whitening is one of the most popular uses for the laser technology. During this treatment, a whitening agent is applied to the enamel of the teeth and a laser is then used to activate the whitening agent to speed up the whitening effect. This treatment results in dramatically brighter teeth in as little as one hour, which is a big improvement over other techniques which often involve that a patient repeatedly apply a whitening agent to teeth over a period of days or weeks to obtain the desired effect.
Laser dentistry can also be used to treat tooth decay. It can accurately remove areas of decay and prepare teeth for dental fillings and is also effective for use when performing root canal therapy. The pinpoint accuracy helps to retain more healthy tooth structure and the lasers help to seal off tubules to prevent the spread of infection and reduce pain and swelling.
Another use for dental lasers is in the treatment of soft-tissue areas within the mouth. Lasers can be used on gums during crown lengthening, to remove the frenula or to treat sores located on the interior of cheeks.
Dental lasers have advanced the treatment and outcome of a variety of dental issues and patients appreciate the benefits laser dentistry offers as much as dentists do. The technology offers a win-win option for dentists and patients alike.
For more information about the types of laser dentistry treatments available at Gentle Dental in Queens, call 718-461-0100.