Laser dentistry uses a concentrated beam of light energy to perform procedures on the teeth, gums, and mouth. There are several types of lasers used in dental offices. Some are used to treat the soft tissues in the mouth by reshaping or removing tissue, while others are used to remove tooth decay and prepare the teeth for fillings. A laser can also harden a filling once it has been placed. Laser dentistry is safe and effective when performed by an experienced dentist at Englewood Dentistry.
Lasers are precise tools that can reach into the very small spaces of the mouth without harming delicate gum tissues and tooth nerves. This makes treatments such as root canal therapy and removing diseased gum tissue more comfortable for patients and helps promote faster healing. Patients can also have gum contouring performed using a laser to reduce the appearance of a “gummy” smile. This treatment involves the removal of excess gum tissue, giving the patient a beautifully balanced smile and restoring confidence in their smile.
The Types of Lasers Used in Dentistry
Hard Tissue Lasers
Hard tissues are often employed for teeth. The wavelength of these lasers can cut through bone and water. They remove a small piece of teeth to restructure the tooth or prepare it for later procedures. They are mainly used to diagnose cavities, treat tooth sensitivity, and prepare teeth for dental fillings.
Soft Tissue Lasers
The wavelength of soft tissue lasers is easily absorbed by water and hemoglobin. They are used to cut through soft tissues and seal the blood veins that are cut through, as the name suggests. They are usually utilized for crown lengthening, aesthetic gum contouring, and addressing limited tongue movement.
The Benefits Of Laser Dentistry
Dental lasers can reduce or eliminate the need for anesthesia during a procedure and reduce any discomfort during treatment. This makes for faster healing and less need for painkillers after the process is complete.
Since a laser cauterizes the cut area, there is little to no bleeding during the procedure. This makes for a more comfortable experience for the patient and makes the operating process easier for the dentist.
When a laser is used to remove decay from the tooth, the tooth can be restored with a filling much more quickly than it can be if a traditional drill is used. And since the cavity is removed more thoroughly, the filling will last longer.
Laser dentistry is a convenient solution to many oral and dental problems, whether severe or cosmetic. For more information on laser dentistry, visit Englewood Dentistry at 334 Grand Ave, Englewood 07631, or call (201) 541-8111.