Learn how laser dentistry improves your experience at the dentist.
Laser technology is incredibly versatile when you think about it. The same technology behind the fun laser pointers we use to play with our cats isn’t so different from the advanced, powerful lasers used in dentistry.
Lasers have been used in the medical field since the early 1980s and officially made their way into the world of dentistry in the early ’90s. There are a few different specific types of lasers but they are often categorized as either hard or soft tissue lasers, depending on what procedure is being done.
The science behind laser technology is an in-depth subject, but as a patient, you’re probably most interested in learning how laser dentistry benefits you directly.
Here are 6 examples of how laser dentistry improves your dental treatment experience as a patient.
1. You’ll heal faster and reduce your chances of infection.
Laser technology is powerful, but it’s also highly precise. This precision means less trauma occurs during treatment compared to traditional dental tools or oral surgery techniques. It also allows your dentist to treat the problem area without affecting the surrounding gums or teeth.
These factors result in laser dentistry being gentler overall and making healing an easier, faster process for patients. Laser technology is also naturally sterile which helps to greatly reduce the chance of infection after dental treatment by stopping the spread of bacteria during treatment.
2. You’ll experience less discomfort during and after treatment.
Dr. Sexton always does everything possible to ensure patients experience the least amount of discomfort during treatment. However, sometimes patient discomfort is unavoidable. The good news is laser dentistry is less invasive than other options and this results in a much more comfortable treatment experience. For some treatments, you may not even need to be numbed.
In addition to healing quicker, laser dentistry also makes the healing process more comfortable. You’ll experience less swelling, bleeding, and overall pain compared to more traditional treatment options.
3. You can get your periodontal disease under control quicker.
Periodontal or gum disease is prevalent with an estimated 50% of adults over the age of 30 having periodontitis (advanced periodontal disease). Periodontitis is highly destructive and can cause permanent damage to the gums and tooth loss if left untreated. There are many different treatment options for periodontal disease, but laser dentistry proves to be one of the most effective.
Laser technology can be used for the removal of infected gum tissue, removal of plaque buildup on the surface of the teeth, and the eventual gum grafting that may be needed after treatment.
4. Increased comfort means you’ll experience less dental anxiety.
Feeling comfortable during dental treatment is really important, especially considering that more than 60% of adults experience dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is often triggered by fear of pain, the sounds of dental drills and other tools, and even the smells that come with a dental visit. Laser dentistry negates many of these worries as treatment is less painful and relatively quiet compared to other instruments.
Over time those that suffer from dental anxiety can feel more relaxed and less stressed during treatment knowing that their experience will be much more comfortable.
5. You can get your cavities filled without the need for a drill.
Hard tissue lasers are ideal for removing decay from a cavity in preparation for a filling. With a laser, you won’t experience any of the harsh sounds and vibrations that are classic characteristics of a traditional drill. Lasers are also very precise which allows for swift and detailed removal of decay with only minimal enamel loss.
Dr. Sexton also uses a technique called air abrasion for drill-free decay removal for cavities. Dr. Sexton will choose the right tools and technology to get your cavity taken care of most effectively.
6. You can polish your smile with laser-assisted cosmetic care.
Laser technology is commonly used for cosmetic surgery in the medical world, but it’s growing increasingly popular in the cosmetic dentistry field as well!
Laser technology is ideal for oral surgery needs in cosmetic dentistry, such as gum grafting to rebalance a smile or the placement of a dental implant post. The power of lasers can even be used to whiten teeth. Laser teeth whitening is highly effective with longer-lasting results, and in many cases, patients find reduced sensitivity afterward compared to gels.
Ask Dr. Bruce Sexton about laser dentistry for your next appointment.
Dr. Sexton and his dental team strive to offer patients and their families the best dental experience possible. In addition to providing knowledgeable, gentle, comprehensive dental care, we also stay up to date on the latest in dental technology.
During your next appointment ask Dr. Sexton about laser dentistry and how this technology may benefit you. If you haven’t yet scheduled your next appointment, we have good news! Our office is open and ready to serve our patients once again. Just give our office a call or fill out this online form to get your next visit booked.