What Is Laser Dentistry
We have compiled this article on Laser Dentistry and the benefits and advantages it has to your dental treatment.
What is laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry uses lasers to treat several different dental conditions. It became commercially used in clinical dental practice for procedures involving tooth tissue in 1989.
Laser dentistry offers a more comfortable treatment option for several dental procedures involving hard or soft tissue than drills and other non-laser tools.
LASER stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” The instrument creates light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. This laser light reacts when it hits tissue, allowing it to remove or shape the tissue.
Laser dentistry is used in a variety of procedures, including:
- treating hypersensitivity
- treating tooth decay
- treating gum disease
- whitening teeth
What Happens During Laser Gum Surgery or Other Dentistry?
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. Some patients who experience anxiety might receive a sedative, too.
During the procedure, you won’t feel any vibrations or discomfort from the laser-like you do from the drill. 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. Also, because a laser causes far less bleeding than a scalpel, don’t expect your surgery site to bleed very much when you get home. With a scalpel procedure, you won’t have an open and bleeding wound the way you would.
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 associated with scalpel surgery because your post-op irritation is expected to be minor.
We hope that this article on Laser Dentistry has been informative. If you have any questions on Laser Dentistry, give Apple Tree Dental a call today.
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