What is laser dentistry used for?
Laser technology can be used to make a variety of different treatments faster and more enjoyable. Laser dentistry is commonly used for the following services:
- Detecting and Removing Tooth Decay
- Treating Different Stages of Gum Disease
- Reshaping Gum Tissue
- Lessening Tooth Sensitivity
- Making Teeth Whitening More Efficient
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Even if you don’t typically experience dental anxiety, hearing the sound of a dental drill can make even the calmest of patients a little nervous. Lasers are much quieter and don’t cause as much discomfort as dental drills can, which leads to less anesthetic being required and a more comfortable experience for the patient. Lasers are generally less invasive, and they help minimize the amount of swelling and/or bleeding that can result from certain treatments. When laser dentistry is used to remove tooth decay, more of the healthy tooth can remain as well.
Does laser dentistry hurt?
While anesthesia still needs to be used for most services that use laser dentistry, the amount of anesthetic is usually reduced, as is the soreness and discomfort that occurs after certain treatments. This is because lasers are extremely precise and can be focused on the exact areas that require treatment, and the surrounding teeth and gums are left alone. Lasers also work to cauterize and sterilize the area as they go, which reduces the chances of a painful bacterial infection occurring after treatment.