What is laser dentistry?
Honeysuckle Dental in Newcastle offers laser dentistry which can be an effective way to conduct dental treatment. A laser is an intense beam of light energy which can be used to remove or reshape tissue.
Lasers have been used it dentistry for decades and has proven to be a safe, effective, and precise way to treat a range of dental issues. It is also used in several dental procedures in conjunction with other dental instruments.
What is laser dentistry?
Dental lasers provide a minimally invasive option for gum surgery, cavity treatment, and other oral problems you may experience.
The lasers used in dentistry make use of water, air, and light to treat issues such as cavities. Thanks to its precision, lasers are an excellent way to fix cavities and the use of water-based laser systems means that the tooth can remain hydrated throughout the procedure (meaning even less pain!)
What are dental lasers used for?
Dental lasers can be used for a number of reasons however, they can’t be used on teeth with fillings already in place or to fill cavities in difficult spots.
Lasers in dentistry can be used for:
· Canker sores and cold sores treatment (reducing discomfort).
· Helps expose partially erupting wisdom teeth.
· Manages gum tissue during teeth impressions for crowns and other procedures.
· Used to perform biopsies.
· Helps treat gum disease.
· Removes inflamed gum tissues.
· Helps remove or reshape gum and bone tissues.
· Helps treat root canal infections.
· Speeds up the whitening process.
The benefits of dental lasers
Many dentists prefer using lasers in dental treatments as it offers a number of advantages over traditional procedures.
Dental lasers can:
· Help a process go more smoothly
· Possibly eliminate the need for drills or anaesthesia in certain procedures
· Provide a more relaxed experience for the patient
· Reduce painful symptoms
· Reduce the discomfort and healing time for patients following a procedure
· Help control bleeding during surgery
· Offer more precision in treatments
· Sterilize gums, reducing the risk of infection
· Reduce the need for stitches
Dental laser types
There are 2 main types of lasers used in dentistry procedures: the hard tissue and soft tissue lasers. Each tissue absorbs light wavelengths in different ways, so each laser was created to use a wavelength appropriate to the type of tissue it is cutting into or reshaping.
Hard Tissue Lasers: The wavelength of these lasers is able to cut through calcium phosphate which is found in bones and teeth making them ideal for use on your teeth. The laser can cut your teeth accurately allowing your dentist to remove small amounts for shaping procedures. Hard tissue lasers are used for:
- Detecting cavities
- Dealing with tooth sensitivity
- Preparing teeth for dental fillings
Soft Tissue Lasers: These lasers have been designed to cut into soft tissue, making it ideal for gum work. They are also great at sealing exposed blood vessels which means less bleeding during a procedure and quicker healing afterwards. Soft tissue lasers are used for:
- Lengthening crowns
- Reshaping the gums
- Removing folds in oral soft tissues caused by dentures
Laser dentistry processes are quite similar to your regular dental procedures. You will receive anaesthesia, although it will be a significantly reduced amount, and your mouth will be propped open as the dentist works. Any bleeding that occurs will be wiped away. You will notice however, that you don’t feel any discomfort or vibrations from the laser (as you would from a drill).
As mentioned, the laser causes less bleeding which means that the area worked on will not bleed much once you get home. You are also less likely to get an infection with laser treatments, but this does not mean you should forgo your post-treatment cleaning and care.
One of the best parts about laser treatments, is that you won’t experience much pain and discomfort once you are home (since the dentist did not use a scalpel on your gums).
Is laser dentistry the right treatment for me?
Dental lasers are safe and effective if used accordingly and by trained professionals which is why it is a more convenient solution to most dental problems (regardless of whether it is serious or cosmetic).
Laser dentistry is not a very common treatment option since it requires a lot of time and money for most dentists. Aside from the expensive laser machinery required, dentists will need to complete training for its use and need more time to perform the actual procedures. What this means though is that dentists like those at Honeysuckle Dental have all the right tools and training to provide you with one of the best treatment options around.
Whether you come in for gum surgery or hard tissue work, laser treatments from Honeysuckle Dental will make the entire process as painless and easy as possible.
Honeysuckle Dental | Newcastle
If you’re interested in laser dentistry for you or your family, book an appointment with us by calling (02) 4915 9230, or make an enquiry on our Contact Us page.