What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is the use of lasers to treat cavities, gum surgery, or other dental issues. It is a non-invasive method that reduces pain and swelling. At Loft 19 Dental we use the top laser technology: The Fotona LightWalker. In this post, we will go over everything you need to know about laser dentistry.
What Can Laser Dentistry Do?
There are a lot of things that Laser Dentistry can do. It can be used to perform both medical and non-medical tasks. Even aesthetic dentistry such as whitening can be done through the use of laser dentistry.
Hard Tissue procedures
- Cavity detection
- Tooth prep/dental fillings
- Treating tooth sensitivity
Soft Tissue procedures
- Treating gummy smile and gum disease
- Canker sore and cold sore pain treatments
- Crown lengthening
- Treating tongue frenulum attachment
- Removing Soft Tissue folds
- Removing benign tumours
- Treating obstructive sleep apnea
- TMJ treatment
- Nerve Regeneration
- Teeth whitening
- Pain Reduction
Non-medical and Aesthetic Procedures
- Rosacea removal
- Black tattoo removal
- Acne, pimple and wart removal
- Scar removal
- Wrinkle reduction and removal
- Sunspot, stretch mark, mole and skin tag removal
- Skin rejuvenation and resurfacing
- Eye bag removal
What are the Benefits of Using Laser Dentistry over other Methods?
- Patients are less likely to require sutures
- Anaesthesia may not be necessary
- The laser will sterilize the gums, making infection less likely
- Less damage to gums shortens the healing time
- Patients lose less blood than traditional surgery
- There is potentially a decreased need for sutures with soft tissue lasers.
- Bleeding is minimized in treated soft tissues, as the laser promotes blood clotting.
- Wounds can heal faster, and it’s possible for tissue to regenerate.
What are the Disadvantages of Using Laser Dentistry?
- Lasers can’t be used on teeth that already have certain types of filling, such as metal amalgam.
- Hard lasers can sometimes injure tooth pulp.
- Some laser procedures still require anesthesia.
- Drills are still sometimes needed to complete fillings, including shaping, adjusting the bite, and polishing the filling.
- Certain procedures can’t be done with laser treatment, depending on the preexisting surrounding tissue or components involving the tooth or gums.
What Happens During the Procedure?
The procedure during laser dentistry is not very different from traditional procedures. You first come into our office and sign in with our office staff. Then, after taking some anesthesia we begin the laser dentistry. Since we would be using lasers, there wouldn’t be any drilling and vibration. Your mouth would be propped open and any blood gets quickly wiped away.
What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
Usually, after laser dentistry, your experience will be much better than traditional procedures. There is less chance of infection and much less pain.
After the procedure, you should definitely still follow a good cleaning and care routine.
Is Laser Dentistry Right for Me?
Not everyone needs Laser Dentistry. In some cases, the traditional dental methods work better. Come in today so we can tailor-fit a solution for you.