The Woodlands and Houston, TX
One of the more recent innovations in the field of dentistry is the application of lasers for many dental procedures. Using lasers in combination with dentistry allows dentists to perform much more precise and effective procedures for their patients. The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental procedures rests in the dentist’s skill and ability to handle the laser, allowing them to precisely treat highly specific areas of your mouth without bothering any surrounding tissues as with many traditional techniques. This is one aspect that appeals to many patients who also suffer from dental anxiety, since the use of a laser when possible, helps to ensure maximal safety and comfort for the patient. Dental laser procedures are more efficient and more comfortable than many conventional methods of dental treatment that are offered by most dentists.
Some of the major benefits of laser dentistry include:
- Many procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require stitches.
- Laser dentistry drastically reduces bleeding during soft tissue procedures since the high energy of the laser helps to rapidly clot any exposed blood vessels closed to inhibit additional bleeding.
- Due to the fact that dental laser treatment is a much less painful technique in general, anesthesia is often times not needed, and when needed, patients require less anesthesia than they would with many conventional techniques.
- Damage to surrounding tissues is minimized, meaning that laser dentistry produces minimal swelling and scarring compared to conventional methods, generally reducing the length of surgery and post-operative healing time. This means that wounds can heal faster and periodontal tissues can be regenerated sooner.
- Oral bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
- Additionally, because the laser is a non-contact instrument, it doesn’t create the normal noise and vibration that so many of us associate with the dental drill.
Applications of Laser Dentistry
The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for patients to receive an enhanced level of care from their dentist. Dentists who already use lasers in their everyday practice have become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of dental procedures. Dental lasers are able to carefully remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel to receive a filling. Laser technology allows tiny layers of a cavity affected tooth to be removed quietly and typically without discomfort since an injection is rarely needed.
Some additional uses your dentist may also have for lasers that involve the hard tissues of the mouth include cavity detection and the treatment of tooth sensitivity. Lasers are used to treat gum disease, reshape gums by gingival re-contouring to improve “gummy” smiles, and remove bacteria during root canal procedures. Gum surgeries can also utilize dental lasers to promote healing of diseased gum pockets by eliminating or reducing the pocket depth and helping to restore healthy periodontal structures around the teeth. Additionally, with certain types of lasers, regeneration and reattachment of the bone, ligaments, and gum connective tissue, can be accomplished. Dental lasers are also capable of easily removing tiny sections of suspect oral tissues or lesions that need to be biopsied. Additionally, dentists can also implement lasers in order to treat and relieve ulcers within the oral cavity such as cold sores and canker sores. Lasers may also be used for the painless removal of soft tissue folds, such as the ones that are often caused by ill-fitting dentures. The advancement of laser technology in dentistry goes beyond even the ones listed, to treating things such as nerve and vascular regeneration, sleep apnea, and temporomandibular joint disorder.
If you feel that you could benefit from having your dental care provided by a dentist who is skilled and trained in the implementation of laser dentistry into their practice, please feel free to contact the office Dr. Scott Young at woodlandsdentistry.com to schedule an appointment or consultation. Dr. Young and his team serve The Woodlands, Houston, Kingwood, Spring, and Conroe areas.