Laser Dental Therapy

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Medical professionals use lasers, which are extremely focused light beams, to alter or remove tissue in small amounts. Laser surgery is not limited to dentistry, but many people have never heard of laser dentistry before having it done. Dentists use lasers in a variety of procedures involving the inside of the mouth, be it to remove overgrown tissue, to reshape the gums, or to whiten teeth. Sometimes, laser dentistry is ideal for children who become anxious or afraid when having dental work done.

Uses for Dental Lasers

Removing tissue from a partially exposed wisdom tooth

Reshaping gum tissue that has overgrown due to certain medications

Removing and reshaping bone and gum tissue during crown lengthening procedures

Removing inflamed gum tissue

Removing muscle attachments that restrict tongue or lip movement

Accelerating in-office tooth whitening procedures

Reducing the discomfort from cold sores and cankers

Removing small amounts of tooth enamel

Preparing tooth enamel for composite bonding

Repairing certain worn-down fillings

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Dentists choose laser dentistry because of distinct benefits that make the procedures go more smoothly, and also reduce discomfort and healing time for patients.

Certain treatment in laser dentistry does not require anesthesia

Minimizes bleeding and aids in clotting

Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized

Wound heal faster

Treatments performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures

Patients are less likely to require sutures

Anesthesia may not be necessary

The laser will sterilize the gums, making infection less likely

Less damage to gums shortens the healing time

Patients lose less blood than traditional surgery

Laser dentistry is used in a variety of procedures

Treating hypersensitivity

Treating tooth decay

Treating gum disease

Whitening teeth

Lasers can make dental treatments more efficient, cost effective, and comfortable. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved laser dentistry as a treatment option for several dental conditions.

It’s worth noting that the American Dental Association (ADA) currently has yet to do so, though they are hopeful about the potential of the field.

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