Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive option when You’re facing gum surgery or other oral issues.
We use lasers in a variety of intraoral procedures, be it to remove overgrown tissue, to reshape the gums, or to whiten teeth. Sometimes, laser dentistry is ideal for children who become anxious or afraid when having dental work done.
What Laser Dentistry Can Treat
Most issues laser dentistry treats are related to the gums. Some of these include:
- Canker sore and cold sore pain treatments.
- Treating root canal infections.
- Treating gum disease.
- Removing gum inflammation.
- Gum reshaping.
- Exposing wisdom teeth.
- Removing throat tissue that causes sleep apnea.
- Regenerating damaged nerves.
- Removing benign oral tumors.
What Happens During Laser Gum Surgery or Other Procedures?
When you come for your laser dentistry appointment, you might be surprised to discover that the process is very similar to other dentistry appointments, like tooth fillings. You receive anesthesia, though it might not be as much as you’re used to receiving. Some patients who experience anxiety might receive a sedative, too.
During the procedure, you won’t feel any vibrations or discomfort from the laser. Any bleeding that occurs gets wiped away, just like before. Your mouth will be propped open as the dentist works with the laser to treat your issues.
If you’ve ever had gum surgery done without a laser, you can expect that your post-operative experience after laser dentistry will likely be smoother. Because a laser causes far less bleeding than a scalpel, don’t expect the site of your surgery to bleed very much when you get home. You won’t have an open, bleeding wound the way you would with a scalpel procedure.
While you should still follow cleaning and care instructions to the letter, you’re less likely to get an infection. You also won’t typically experience the pain and discomfort also.
Lasers use a light wavelength that hemoglobin and water absorb easily. Hemoglobin is the molecule found in blood, which makes soft tissue lasers ideal for gum work. Some soft tissue lasers are diode lasers, which is a type of continuous-wave laser.
These lasers are ideal for cutting into soft tissue and sealing the exposed blood vessels at the same time. This is the reason you don’t bleed very much during laser dentistry and why healing is quicker after laser dentistry. Soft tissue lasers are great for cosmetic procedures because you can begin to see results right away.
Soft tissue lasers are used for:
- Lengthening crowns.
- Dealing with restricted tongue movement.
- Reshaping the gums to create a more pleasing smile.
- Removing folds in oral soft tissues caused by dentures.
Whether you’re having laser gum surgery or hard tissue work, expect an easier procedure and a shorter recovery time. Laser dentistry is a convenient solution to many oral and dental problems, whether serious in nature or simply cosmetic. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry the next time you need dental work completed.
Laser dentistry pros and cons
The following is a list of the advantages that come with dental lasers as well as the disadvantages that can come from using dental lasers.
- Patients are less likely to require sutures
- Less pain is experienced when dental lasers are used.
- Anesthesia is usually unnecessary
- There is less bleeding experienced when choosing lasers.
- There is less swelling associated with dental laser usage.
- Dentists can work with more precision when utilizing dental lasers.
- The chance for bacterial infections is lower because the laser sterilizes the area.
- Dental patients will experience a faster healing time when lasers are used.
- Lasers offers a more comfortable treatment option for a number of dental procedures involving hard or soft tissue compared to drills and other non-laser tools.
- Lasers cannot be used on a tooth that has a filling
- Some procedures will still require anesthesia.
- Hard lasers may injure tooth pulp.
- There is a risk of gum-related injury.
- Some procedures aren’t able to be performed with laser treatment, depending on the preexisting components involving the guns or tooth and surrounding tissue.
- Lasers are not able to be used on any cavities that are in between the teeth
- Lasers do not work when there is too much tooth decay present
- Lasers are not able to remove any damaged crowns or bridges
- Additionally, dentists can’t use lasers to remove old silver (mercury amalgam) fillings, because of the concern that the heat from a laser will release mercury vapor and expose patients to unsafe levels of mercury
- Laser treatment is also much more expensive than other methods.
Want more information on dental lasers?
If you are interested in learning more about laser dentistry, all you have to do is give us a call. We can schedule an appointment for you at a time that is convenient so that you can discuss your oral needs with one of our caring dentists. Many patients are inquiring about the dental use of lasers as there are so many benefits that come with this choice. We hope to hear from you soon so that we can help you with any concerns you may have.
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