Laser dentistry is an efficient and simple method used for treating a variety of dental conditions. It has been used since 1989 and is known to be much more comfortable for the patient than other types of procedures. Laser dentistry utilizes narrow, focused light beams to alter tissues and restore dental functioning. Our dental professionals at Summit Dental Group can assist you with your laser dentistry needs.
The Importance of Laser Dentistry
Dental health conditions are common, but it is important to treat them as soon as possible. Oral health issues can cause loss of functioning as well as low self-confidence, due to the change in appearance they cause. In addition, because your teeth are connected to your gums and blood stream, it is possible that these conditions would cause other health issues as well. Infection from tooth decay and injuries can spread to other parts of your body, causing a variety of health complications.
Laser dentistry is one option for treating many different conditions that is often preferred by both patients and dentists. It is a simple procedure that is much more comfortable than other types of dental treatment. In fact, anesthesia is not even needed with most laser dentistry procedures. Recovery time is usually shorter with these procedures since they are more direct and cause less damage (ex. need for sutures).
In addition, laser dentistry procedures are cost effective. Not only do you save cost on anesthesia, but laser dentistry typically requires fewer sessions as well. In general, this is a more streamlined treatment option than other procedures.
There are two main types of laser dentistry procedures; hard tissue and soft tissue. These are two different types of laser and they both have a variety of uses. They can be used to cut through tissue, remove tissue, and reshape tissue and other parts of the mouth.
Hard tissue lasers are used when your dentist needs to cut through your teeth. Light waves emitted from these lasers are absorbed by water and minerals found in the teeth. This allows the laser to cut through the teeth, shape them, and prepare them for other procedures. Some uses for hard tissue lasers include cavity detection, filling preparation, and sensitivity treatment.
Soft tissue lasers work in a similar manner, though they are absorbed by water and hemoglobin in the soft tissues. Hemoglobin is a type of protein found in your red blood cells, which are not present in teeth. Uses for soft tissue lasers include gum reshaping, crown lengthening, tongue frenulum attachment treatment, and tissue fold removal.
Laser dentistry is often used in preparation for other types of dental procedures as well. Other laser dentistry uses include tissue viewing, tumor removal, sleep apnea treatment, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) treatment, nerve regeneration, cold sore treatment, and teeth whitening.
It is important to use the correct laser for the specific procedure that you need. Our dentists at Summit Dental Group will talk you through their use and the treatment options you have. It is important to follow any after-care instructions they give you. If you are interested in laser dentistry treatment, contact Summit Dental Group today.