Meaning and Usage:
Laser dentistry means the use of laser technology to treat various dental problems. The device creates light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. This laser light produces a reaction when it hits tissue. This is a minimally invasive option when you are facing dental surgery or other oral issues. This is an innovative, efficient and comfortable way of dental care. This includes hard tissue and soft tissue laser technique. The hard tissue means teeth while soft tissue refers to gums.
Hard tissue technique is used for
- Treating tooth decay.
- Cavity detection (lasers can detect cavities early by finding evidence of tooth decay).
- Tooth preparations, dental fillings, and removal of unwanted teeth.
- Treating tooth sensitivity (lasers seal tubules on the tooth’s root, which cause sensitivity).
Soft tissue technique is used for
- Treating and reshaping gum tissue to fight gum disease.
- Crown lengthening (this procedure reshapes both gum tissue and bone for healthier tooth structure, which helps with placing restorations on the teeth).
- Removing soft tissue folds(lasers can remove soft tissue folds from ill-fitting dentures).
- Removing gum inflammation.
- Dealing with restricted tongue movement.
- Removing tumors.
- Teeth whitening.
- Killing bacteria in a cavity, which can aid in the long-term health of a tooth.
- Exposing wisdom teeth.
- Removing throat tissue that causes sleep apnea.
- Regenerating damaged nerves.
- Performing biopsy.
- Activating tissue regrowth.
Laser dentistry can vary in price, depending on the procedure being done and the laser equipment used. Compared to non-laser treatment, they may be less expensive because the laser treatment is usually completed in fewer sessions. Additionally, dental insurance usually determines reimbursement costs based on the treatment itself and not on what method is used. It concludes this method is Pocket-friendly.
How is it beneficial in comparison to other ways?
- Bleeding is minimized in treated soft tissues, as the laser promotes blood clotting.
- The chance for bacterial infections is lower because the laser sterilizes the area.
- Wounds can heal faster, and tissue can regenerate.
- There is potentially a decreased need for sutures with soft tissue lasers.
- Anesthesia may not be necessary.
- During the procedure, you will not feel any vibrations or discomfort from the laser-like you do from the drill.
- You also will not typically experience the pain and discomfort associated with scalpel surgery because your post-op irritation is likely to be minor.
- The procedures may involve less damage to the surrounding tissues.
- Laser dentistry is ideal for children who become anxious or afraid when having dental work done.
Risk and Precaution:
Lasers cannot be used on teeth that already have certain types of filling, such as metal amalgam. There can be a risk of gum injury. Sometimes drill will be needed in assistance. Your dentist will have to use special glasses to protect your eyes from the laser. Still, the risks of laser dentistry are relatively small. It is important to find a qualified dental professional who has taken educational courses and received the appropriate training. Overall you will hear very positive experiences from the people. Laser dentistry is highly recommended over other methods.