What is Laser Dentistry?
Lasers in dentistry work by delivering energy in the form of light and can be used for a variety of procedures, offering several benefits to patients. Lasers can:
- be used to remove the decay and prepare the tooth for a filling.
- reshape gums and remove bacteria when receiving a root canal.
- be used as a pain free cutting instrument for a biopsy and relieve canker sore pain.
- can speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures.
Receiving dental treatment with a laser rather than a dental drill may
- reduce the need for numbing
- reduce anxiety that a patient may have with drilling
- reduce bleeding and swelling
- and more!
With the different types of tissues in the mouth, there are several more applications of lasers that dentists are happy to provide.
- In hard tissues, lasers are used as cavity detectors, providing early detection of small cavities. Lasers can also be used to seal the tubules at the root of teeth, which helps remove the feeling of having sensitive teeth.
- In soft tissues, lasers can lengthen the look of teeth and eliminate the look of a gummy smile. Also, lasers are used for frenulas (“tongue-tied” children) and patients with speech impediments.
Laser dentistry has shown helpful in various treatments for patients and will continue to become more popular as more dentists use laser in their work.
Please contact us today at Serenity Dental if you are interested in incorporating laser dentistry into your treatment!