What is laser dentistry?
Laser is a new & popular method in medicine nowadays. From Opthmology to cosmetology its use is almost in every section. In Dentistry also it is used in several treatments. Now it’s time to learn thoroughly how it’s used in Dentistry. It is famous because of its minimal invasive nature. It’s ideal when you’re afraid of facing gum surgery, cavity treatment, or other oral issues.
Overview of Laser Dentistry:
Medical professionals use lasers for a different kind of treatment. These are extremely focused light beams, to alter tissue in small amounts. Dentists use lasers in several kinds of procedures including the inside of the mouth, remove overgrown tissue, to reshape the gums, and to whiten teeth.
The Types of Lasers Used in Dentistry
Each of our tissues is different and it reacts differently to lasers. Due to this, scientists mainly categorize lasers into two types depending upon their wavelength. They are hard tissue and soft tissue lasers.
Common soft tissue procedures include:
- Treat gummy smile: Gummy smile means the teeth condition where gums length covers the teeth portion. In such cases, Lasers are used to reshape gum tissue.
- Crown lengthening: If you are unhappy with smile structure you expect a benefit from laser treatment. This procedure changes the shape of both gum tissue and bone for healthier tooth structure.
- Treating muscle (frenula) attachment. Those with a restricted frenulum (the fold of skin under the tongue) may benefit from a laser frenectomy procedure. This treatment helps children whose restricted tongue causes them difficulty in pronunciation and who has a speech impediment.
- Removing soft tissue folds. Lasers are a good alternative to remove soft tissue folds. Hence it is used to correct the ill-fitting dentures without pain.
Hard Tissue (Tooth) Procedures
Cavity Detector: Low-intensity soft tissue lasers are a good option to detect the cavities. It provides the depth understanding about the tooth decay.
Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation: If you afraid for anaesthetic injection or grinding noise of drills then laser treatment is ideal for you, Because hard tissue lasers may eliminate the need of local anaesthetic and drilling tools. This procedure is capable of killing bacteria living in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long term tooth restorations. However, dental lasers may not replace the amalgam fillings or crowns.
Tooth Sensitivity: People who are suffering from tooth sensitivity can expect the benefits of laser treatment. It is used to seal tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for hot and cold sensation in your tooth.
Other laser procedures include:
Viewing tissues: Optical coherence tomography enables dentists to safely see inside a tooth or gum tissue.
Removing benign tumours: Because of its less invasive nature, most of the patients prefer to restore healthy gums. It helps to remove tumours from the palate and gums.
Treating sleep apnea: Lasers can good option to treat throat related problems. It can relieve breathing or such kind of associated problems. It is used when sleep apnea is caused by tissue overgrowth in the throat.
Nerve regeneration: Lasers can help restore damaged nerves, and scars & blood vessels.
Treating cold sores: Lasers can reduce the healing time and reduce pain from cold sores.
Teeth whitening: Lasers accelerate the bleaching process during teeth-whitening sessions.
Many people think the price of the treatment may be the constraint for them to take the laser treatment. But It’s not much expensive than traditional treatment. In fact, it can save your time and energy because it requires fewer sessions than traditional treatment.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Dentists choose laser dentistry because it has numerous benefits. The laser treatment involves much smoother procedures. It also helps healing duration of the treatment.
- Laser treatment requires lesser number of sutures.
- In most of the tradition, dental treatments require anesthesia. But in this case, anesthesia may not be necessary.
- The laser will sterilize the gums, making infection less likely damage to gums.
- Patients can expect less blooding than traditional surgery.
What Happens During Laser treatment?
There are many dental issues which can be treated by laser waves. Every procedure involves a different procedure depends upon the severity of the case. However, the appointment procedure is similar to most of the dental treatments like tooth fillings. You may or may not receive anaesthesia. Though you receive anaesthesia the amount will be less compared to the traditional form of treatment.
The main advantage of the treatment is during the procedure, you won’t feel any vibrations or discomfort from the laser. You can expect less bleeding and shorter recovery time.
How Can I consult the Dentist?
If you are facing any above-mentioned problems, you can consult the dentist. In Sabka Dentist clinics a specialist dentist will treat you. For any kind of oral issues, you can expect a solution from our eminent team. You can book an online appointment for a dental consultation.
Dr. Priyanka graduated in 2008, obtaining her BDS degree from the faculty of dentistry at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. Upon graduating, she was selected to complete a multi-disciplinary hospital residency at Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai. This residency provided her with advanced training in all the specialties of dentistry including oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, and treatment of medically compromised patients. Dr. Priyanka then moved to private practice, working as an associate dentist.
Dr. Priyanka has a diploma in Soft Tissue Lasers from IALD and fellowship in Implant & Esthetic Dentistry. She also holds numerous certifications in Advanced Implant Dentistry, Endodontics, and Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Priyanka completed MBA in Hospital Management and Clinical Research. Dr. Priyanka is a member of the Indian Dental Association and Dental Implantology Study Club, Pune. She has worked at Sabka Dentist since 2012 and is pleased to say that their advanced technology allows dentists to provide patients with painless, gentle dentistry and a pleasant experience. She enjoys the challenge of providing quality conservative family dentistry in a comfortable and friendly environment.