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Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is a relatively new area of laser treatment that is not only precise but very effective. The results of laser dentistry rest solely in the hands of the user, it is there ability to control exposure of the laser to teeth of gums and power output of the laser that is determining factor in achieving a good result. The precise nature of laser dentistry allows treatment in highly specific areas without damaging the rest of the tissues.

Laser dentistry is now used in about 6% of all dentistry practices in the treatment of soft-tissue with the number expected to rise and rise. Laser dentistry offers extreme comfort and safety so is especially useful for nervous and anxious patients.

The use of laser in dentistry is expanding rapidly with more and more applications becoming apparent which will provide patients with precise, high effective treatments with little or no pain and recovery time.

Current applications of laser dentistry:

The use of lasers in dentistry has allowed dentist to perform a wide variety of procedures that without laser would be very difficult to perform. Laser s has been in cooperated to be used in some of the most common dental procedures and some not so common dental procedures.


 Gum laser dentistry treatments (soft tissue):

Soft tissue folds (Epulis): Dental lasers can be used for painless and suture free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by bad fitting dentures

Muscle attachment (Frenula): A frenectomy procedure is an ideal treatment for children who are tongue tied, babies unable to breast feed and speech impediments.

Gummy Smile: Dental laser can reshape the gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.

Crown lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue (soft tissue laser) and bone (hard tissue laser) to expose healthy tooth structure providing a strong foundation for replacements or restoration.


Teeth laser dentistry treatments (hard tissue):

Cavity detector: Low intensity soft tissue lasers can be used for the early detection of cavities and is done by providing a reading of the by-products of tooth decay

Dental fillings/tooth preparation: Laser may negate the need for anaesthetic and the turbine drill with the laser capable of destroying bacteria located in the cavity potentially leading to improvement of the tooth

Tooth sensitivity: Dental lasers can be used to seal tubules located at the root of the tooth that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity


Other dental applications;

Viewing gum and teeth: Optical coherence tomography is a safe way to see inside teeth and gums in real time

Benign tumors: Dental lasers can be used for the painless and suture free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, cheeks and lips

Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers can be used for the effective treatment of cold sores reducing pain and minimizing healing time

Nerve regeneration: Photobiomodulation can be used to regenerate damaged nerves, blood vessels and scars

Sleep apnea: Where sleep apnea is a result of overgrowing tissue in the throat area a laser assisted ovuloplasty can be performed to reshape and relieve the correlating breathing problems associated with sleep apnea

Teeth whitening: Low intensity soft tissue lasers can be used to speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening

Temporomandibular Joint Treatment:Dental lasers may be used to quickly reduce pain and inflammation of the temporomandibular jaw joint.

Benefits of laser dentistry:

  • Procedures performed with a soft tissue laser may not require any sutures
  • Certain procedures will not require anaesthesia
  • Certain procedures have minimised pain
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding as the high energy light beam aids in coagulation
  • Bacterial infections are minimised because high energy lasers sterilize the working area
  • Surrounding tissue damage is minimised due to the precise nature of lasers
  • Wounds heal faster and tissue can be regenerated
  • Less overall chair time per procedure
  • Full range of high-precision, safe hard and soft tissue treatments
  • Quieter and less fatigue for dentist and staff and happier patients

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