Laser dentistry is a growing field as dentists begin to use these versatile tools in more and more ways. Using lasers makes some procedures easier and enables faster healing. They can also reduce discomfort during common restoration work such as placing fillings.
What Are Lasers Used for in Laser Dentistry?
Lasers have become an important tool for most modern dentists. Over the past few years, they have been integrated into a wider and wider range of dental work. Oral surgery is particularly suited for laser use since many doctors have been using lasers in other forms of surgery for quite some time. Other uses for lasers in dentistry include:
- Gum treatments
- Preparing teeth for fillings
- Early cavity detection
- Treating tooth sensitivity
Lasers can be used to detect the byproducts of tooth decay, allowing for early detection. In cases of sensitivity, a laser can close the tubules that transmit sensation to the tooth’s interior.
Dentists also use special lights to cure resins, increase the effectiveness of teeth whiteners, and to harden sealants. Though these are sometimes referred to as lasers, especially in the case of “laser teeth whitening,” they are not technically lasers.
Advantages of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry provides several advantages over traditional approaches. In the case of oral surgery, including gum contouring, gum grafting, and other invasive procedures for gum disease, using lasers reduces the need for stitches and also enables faster healing. During surgery with lasers, there is much less bleeding than there is with traditional surgery. There is also less chance of infection because the laser helps sterilize the incisions.
Lasers used to prepare a tooth for a filling generate far less heat than a traditional drill. They also don’t cause the vibrations that can lead to cracking in the tooth and that also make drilling uncomfortable for the patient. In general, less tooth material is removed when a laser is used than when the dentist uses a drill. As time goes on, laser dentistry will undoubtedly become more widespread as these versatile tools are used in even more ways.
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