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What Is Laser Dentistry?

Your dental team is always looking for new ways to improve their treatments and procedures so that you can rely upon the very best dental care available. One of the ways that they do this is by keeping up with the latest techniques and technological innovations. Laser dentistry has come into its own as a way of safely and effectively treating patients and speeding up healing time.

What is laser dentistry?

Medical professionals have been increasingly using lasers for years. A laser is simply a very focused light beam that allows doctors and dentists to alter or remove small amounts of tissue. Laser surgery is not just use for dentistry, although many are unaware of lasers being used in dental work.

What It Treats

  • Gum disease
  • Gum reshaping
  • Treatment of sleep apnea
  • Root canal infections
  • Treating gum inflammation
  • Exposing wisdom teeth
  • Regeneration of damaged nerves
  • Removal of benign oral tumors

Advantages of Laser Dentistry

A medical laser allows your dentist to perform procedures more smoothly, offering advantages like:

  • Patients less likely to need sutures.
  • Anesthesia may be unnecessary.
  • Less blood loss than conventional surgery.
  • Lasers sterilize gum tissue, reducing the chances of infection.
  • Shorter recovery and healing period.

One of the main benefits of laser dentistry is its level of precision. This allows your dentist to more accurately remove diseased and unhealthy tissue without damaging nearby healthy tissue. 

Although it may sound unusual to mention the fact: lasers are quiet. Some patients become very uneasy and uncomfortable when hearing the sounds of a conventional drill. By using lasers, the dentist can help the patient become more relaxed and comfortable while their procedure is being performed.

What To Expect

If your dentist recommends that you undergo a laser treatment, you can normally expect the treatment to be quite simple, similar to a dental filling procedure. Actually, the procedure is even more simple than getting a filling, as no drilling is required. The laser will be doing all of the work.

Lasers cause no pain or discomfort. You may experience some bleeding during the procedure, which will be suctioned away by the dentist.

After Your Laser Treatment

Conventional dental procedure sometime result in considerable bleeding. With laser treatments, significantly less bleeding should occur. There should be no continuous bleeding and no open wound.

If everything went as expected, you should have no pain or swelling. In the rare instance where this is not the case, contact your dentist right away.

For More Information

For more information about how laser dentistry can help you, please contact your dental office today to request additional information or to schedule an appointment or consultation.

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