What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry procedure uses a high-technology laser device to generate a specific beam of concentrated light. The light focuses energy into your mouth and can remove areas of tooth decay or gum infection with a high level of accuracy. The laser beam cauterizes and sterilizes the affected area, so that bleeding, pain, and the chance of infection are all minimal.
Laser dentistry helps improve the precision of your treatment while minimizing recovery time, yet only about 5 percent of all dentists use laser dentistry today.
What Are Some Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
- Minimal damage to the surrounding tissue
- Some procedures with lasers don't require sutures
- ISome don't require anesthesia
- Minimal bleeding due to high-energy light beams which inhibits blood loss
- Minimal bacterial infections because the light beams sterilize the area
- Wounds heal faster and tissues can regenerate
What Procedures Can a Laser Perform?
There are many different types of lasers used in dentistry, and their applications vary. In general, laser dentistry can:
- Remove tooth decay and old metal fillings
- Desensitize teeth
- Treat gum disease and ulcers
- Create microscopic fillings
- Sterilize infected root
- Shape teeth and lengthen crowns
- Place dental implants
- Heal fever blisters and canker sores
How new is Laser Dentistry?
Albert Einstein first introduced the concept of lasers. These devices were used on teeth and gums experimentally, shortly following their invention in the 1960s. However, lasers have been used in widespread dentistry for about the past 10 years, and have become increasingly popular in local dental offices. Dr. Alhadef uses the latest in laser technology, Biolase Technology's Waterlase MD system, which can be used not only for soft tissue procedures, but for hard tissue procedures as well, virtually eliminating the need for a drill.
Are Lasers Safe?
Dental lasers are approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). With adequate training and proper eye protection, laser dentistry is very safe. Compared to the traditional dentist drill, lasers actually reduce the chance of accidental injury to your cheek, gums and tongue because they are so precise. Their precision also allows dentists to pinpoint treatment, which destroys less of your tooth while producing less friction. Less heat and vibration also results in less pain.
If you are interested in learning more about these exciting developments in dental technology and are in the Plano, Irving, or Fort Worth area, contact Dallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary Alhadef to set up your free initial laser dentistry consultation.