Laser Dentistry –No Drill , No Shot ,No Fear
Laser dentistry, is a form of dental treatment that utilizes a high-energy beam to complete both hard tissue and soft tissue treatments, including oral health and cosmetic dentistry procedures.
- It has proven to be less invasive
- Takes less time to perform
- More precise
- Yield less pain and recuperation time
- Negate the use of stitches (sutures) or anesthesia when compared to traditional dentistry and the application of drills.
For both hard and soft tissue treatments, including muscle attachment (frenula), the regeneration of nerves, treating benign tumors, and even optical coherence tomography - which is used instead of x-rays or invasive surgery techniques. If you feel that laser dentistry can benefit your needs, find a Laser Dentist near you to discuss all of your available options.
Advantage of Laser Dentistry
Laser Dentistry for Soft Tissue (Gums)
- Folds in Soft Tissue: Generally attributed to gums where dentures have been improperly fitted, lasers can easily and effectively correct the folds in soft tissue without needing stitches (sutures).
- Reshape Gums and Crown Lengthening: Lasers are used to reshape and/or eliminate excess gum tissue for both health and aesthetic purposes. Likewise, they can be utilized to help promote a healthier, more solid groundwork for restoration placement.
- Cold Sore Treatment: Lasers can be used in order to reduce the intensity of pain and recovery time of cold sores. There are many other uses of lasers
- Less pain. Patients report less (or no) pain during the laser dentistry treatment, as well as after the procedure, because lasers do not cause any vibrations or jarring effect as drills often do.
- Shorter recovery time. The time for recovery is shortened due to the pinpoint precision and effectiveness. With the laser's coagulative effect on gum tissue, there is far less blood loss.
- Better accuracy. A laser can be used to detect changes in tooth structure, leading a dentist to discover and treat decay earlier. This increased accuracy in identifying cavities can save tooth structure, as potential problems are identified early on.
- More comfortable procedures. Depending on the type of dental treatment you receive, you may not require any anesthesia or stitches (sutures) with laser dentistry.
- Improved dental experience. Depending on the needed procedure, there are fewer uncomfortable noises involved, which can aid in relaxation and provide a more content environment.
LASERS VERSUS CONVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES
Whenever soft tissue is incised using a scalpel, there is a succession of events that dictate tissue management:
Bleeding: most intraoral soft- tissue procedures associated with prosthodontics normally involve the cutting of small diameter vessels (arterioles, venules, and capillaries)
Dressing: the aim of any dressing is to stabilize the cut margin to allow healing, to arrest bleeding, to allow clot formation, and to prevent possible disturbance of the incision.
Contamination: the ingress of bacteria into the incision site, structure, and dressing is inevitable and acts to compromise the inflammatory response. This event often adds to any postoperative pain or discomfort.
Short-term follow-up: removal of sutures or dressings.
Long-term: re-organisation of collagen structure with possible shrinkage
BENEFITS OF LASER-TISSUE INTERACTION
A number of benefits of laser use in the treatment of soft and hard tissue can be listed as follows:
- Ability to cut, coagulate, ablate or vaporize target tissue elements
- Sealing of small blood vessels (dry field of surgery)
- Sealing of small lymphatic vessels (reduced post-operative edema)
- Sterilizing of tissue (due to heat build-up and production of scar layer and destruction of bacterial forms)
- Decreased post-operative tissue shrinkage (decreased amount of scarring).
Advantages of Laser Dentistry
- Great hemostasis
- Improved visualization
- Improved visualization of surgical field
- Possible to use less sutures, no surgical packing
- Less chance of scar formation
- Less injectable anesthesia
- Less pain sensation
- Faster and more comfortable healing
- Restorative dentistry without numbness or ‘fat lip’ from the shot
- Bactericidal effect
- Less chances of infection
- Sterilization of surgical field
- No injection
- No blade
- No sutures
- No pain
- No bleeding
- Less recovery time
- Faster healing
- Better accuracy
- Improved dental