Laser treatments are changing traditional dentistry and are effectively treating two of the most common dental issues, gum disease and tooth decay. Though laser surgery has been around since 1994 many people have never tried laser dentistry.
Dentists use lasers in a variety of procedures such as to reshape the gums, to remove overgrown tissue, or to whiten teeth. Laser dentistry can be ideal for children and adults, who become anxious or afraid during dental procedures.
How Does Laser Treatment Work?
Lasers are extremely focused light beams. During a dental procedure when the light hits tissue, it removes or reshapes it. During teeth-whitening, the laser becomes a heat source to boost the effect of the tooth-bleaching compound.
Laser Dentistry vs. Traditional Dentistry
- Typically, there is less pain with laser treatments so many times anesthesia is not required.
- For patients uncomfortable with a dental drill, the use of a laser can be less stressful.
- Lasers cause less bleeding and swelling during soft tissue procedures making the healing process go faster.
- Lasers are extremely accurate and so save more of the healthy part of the tooth during cavity removal.
What Dental Procedures Work Well with Laser Treatments?
- Tooth decay – A laser can remove the decayed part of the tooth, preparing the tooth for a filling. Lasers can also be used to remove bacteria during a root canal.
- Gum disease – It is actually one of the most common and successful gum disease treatments available today.
- Teeth whitening – The bleaching compounds are activated with lasers.
There are some procedures that are not recommended for laser treatments such as repairing or replacing old fillings, filling cavities between the teeth and preparing larger cavities for a crown.
That being said, dental lasers have been used in numerous procedures for years and the technology continues to advance allowing for less invasive and more precise dentistry. Patients continue to prefer the laser treatments because of the reduced need for anesthesia, as well as avoiding the unpleasant sounds, smells, and sensations experienced with a drill.
To learn more about the benefits of laser treatments from a professional, holistic dentist who believes your oral health is key to your overall health contact Dr. Abeyta and her team today at (505) 293-7611
“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” – Connie Stevens