The benefits of laser dentistry
Lasers have come a long way since the first working laser was developed in 1960. Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990, and are precise, effective tools that can perform many dental procedures.
Because the dentist can control the power of the light, and the duration of exposure on the tissue, lasers are very accurate.
The dentist can treat a very specific area without damaging surrounding tissues.
How do lasers work?
The name laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. In everyday language, a laser is a thin, energized beam of light. The high-energy light beam produced by a laser sterilizes infection and minimizes blood loss by helping blood vessels coagulate quickly.
Lasers can also remove or shape tissue and help dentists and dental labs produce very precise dental restorations.
A lightsaber for gum disease
Dental lasers can be very effective in treating periodontal disease. By using lasers in conjunction with traditional scaling and root planing, dentists can improve the effectiveness of your gum disease treatment. Less bleeding, swelling and discomfort and the benefits of using lasers during periodontal therapy.
Treating periodontal pockets with dental lasers can:
- Kill bacteria
- Remove diseased tissue
- Help gums re-attach to the teeth.
Usually without the need for scalpels, sutures, and without the discomfort associated with traditional gum disease treatments.
Faster, more efficient restorations
If you have ever had to have impressions of your teeth taken for dental restorations, you know it’s not exactly a pleasant experience.
By using an iTero laser we can take away a lot of that discomfort. That’s because, instead of having to use impression material that’s pressed over your teeth in a tray, the iTero laser’s 3D intraoral scanning technology simply takes digital photographs.
Beyond the obvious benefit of less discomfort, the iTero Scanner:
- Eliminates the need for physical impressions (no gagging, no waste)
- Reduces appointment times by up to 22%
- Eliminates the need for additional appointments due to inaccurate impressions
- Allows us to email, instead of snail-mail, your impressions to the lab.
- Allows us to show you in real time how we will restore your damaged tooth and what it will look like after.
Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile. With lasers we can safely remove excess gum tissue and make your teeth appear more regular in size or shape.
Thumbs up for dental lasers
Technology can be a good thing. Lasers offer many advantages for us as dentists and you as a patient. If you need gum disease treatment, dental restorations or are interested in changing the look of your smile, dental laser treatment can offer you faster, less invasive, more comfortable treatment.