Dental Lasers are a special frequency of light which are emitted from a light source that has antimicrobial property and enhances wound healing. Because of this antimicrobial property, it can be used in treating different dental conditions associated with the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity, such as removing overgrown tissue, reshaping gums, whitening teeth, root canal treatments, etc. As this light has the ability to reach the narrowest of places we can achieve the highest level of disinfection and microbial control with dental lasers.
What laser dentistry can treat?
- Gum disease treatment
- Pain relief for canker sores and cold sores.
- Root canal infection treatment
- Getting rid of gum inflammation.
- Reshaping of the gums.
- Taking out wisdom teeth
- Surgically removing the throat tissue that causes sleep apnea.
- Repairing damaged nerves.
- Surgical removal of benign oral tumors.
Types of Laser Dentistry
Hard tissue lasers and soft tissue lasers are the two main types of lasers used by dentists during laser procedures. Each laser has a different wavelength that allows it to cut into a specific type of tissue.
Hard Tissue Lasers: A hard tissue laser is primarily used to treat your teeth. Hard tissue lasers are used for:
- Detecting cavities.
- Managing tooth sensitivity
- Teeth preparation for dental fillings.
Soft Tissue Lasers: These lasers are ideal for cutting into soft tissue and sealing exposed blood vessels. This is why you don't bleed much during laser dentistry and why your healing time is faster. Soft tissue lasers are ideal for cosmetic procedures because they produce immediate results. Soft tissue lasers are used for :
- Crown lengthening.
- Managing restricted tongue movement.
- Gum reshaping to create a more appealing smile.
- Denture-induced folds in the oral soft tissues.
Post-care after laser treatment:
- Avoid acidic, rough, or crunchy foods.
- Try not to disturb the sticky blood clot that forms around the treated area.
- Brush the treated area with a light, electronic, or manual brush.
- Carefully floss the treated area to remove any food debris.
- After 24 hours, you can resume your normal eating habits.
Benefits of laser Dentistry:
- Laser treatments require fewer sessions, thereby reducing the recovery time for patients.
- Sutures may be less necessary with soft tissue lasers.
- Because the laser promotes blood clotting, there is little bleeding during soft tissue procedures.
- Because of the painless treatment, many procedures can be performed without the use of anesthesia.
- It is the safest option because the laser sterilizes the area, lowering the risk of bacterial infections.
- Tissue regeneration occurs more quickly after laser treatments because wounds heal more quickly.
- Less damage is done to the surrounding tissues during the procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answer: Patients can experience gum anomalies or growths. Pregnant women frequently experience this because of the increase in blood production. This may cause uncomfortable tiny nodules to develop on the gums. Gum anomalies or growths can also result from certain illnesses like . The growth is simply passed by a laser, and once it is removed, the area immediately seals itself.