Dental Treatment with Lasers
incorporates state-of-the-art technology in various aspects
of dental health practice and treatment. Although laser dentistry
may improve the precision of your treatment while minimizing
pain and recovery time, the technology has yet to break into
the mainstream of dentistry. It is estimated that approximately
5% of all dentists have lasers available in their offices today.
Laser dentistry is a new technique that can improve the precision
of your treatment while minimizing pain and recovery time.
is viewed by some as a precise and effective way to perform
many dental procedures. Those seeking extreme safety and comfort
may select a laser dentistry option.
for laser dentistry to improve dental treatment comes from the
precision with which lasers can treat an area of focus, the
control that laser dentists have over power output, and the
duration of exposure on the skin.
Here are some
of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:
performed using dental lasers may not require sutures.
• Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
• Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy
light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood
vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
• Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy
beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
• Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
• Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
Dentistry Treatment Improvements
of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform
a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be
capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have
become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision
technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures:
Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless
and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate,
sides of cheeks, and lips.
Detector: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may
be used for the early detection of cavities by providing a reading
of the by-products produced by decay.
Tooth and Gum Tissues: Optical Coherence Tomography
is a safer way to see inside tooth and gums in real time.
Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated
with cold sores and minimize healing time.
Lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue and
bone to expose healthier tooth structure. Called crown lengthening,
such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for a restoration.
Fillings: Hard tissue dental lasers may eliminate the
need for a local anesthetic injection and the traditional turbine
drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable
of killing bacteria located in a cavity and this may lead to
better long term tooth restorations.
Attachment (Frenula): A laser frenectomy is an ideal
treatment option for children who are tongue tied (restricted
or tight frenulum) and babies unable to breast feed adequately
due to limited tongue movement. A laser frenectomy may also
help to eliminate speech impediments.
Regeneration: Photobiomodulation can be used to regenerate
damaged nerves, blood vessels, and scars.
Apnea: In cases where sleep apnea is a result of a
tissue overgrowth in areas of the throat (which sometimes occurs
with age), a laser assisted uvuloplasty or laser assisted uvula
palatoplasty (LAUP) procedure can be performed to reshape the
throat and relieve the correlating breathing problems associated
with sleep apnea.
Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for
the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often
caused by ill-fitting dentures.
Whitening: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers
may be used to speed up the bleaching process associated with
Joint Treatment: Dental lasers may be used to quickly
reduce pain and inflammation of the temporomandibular jaw joint.
Smile: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose
healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy
Sensitivity: Dental lasers may be used to seal tubules
(located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for
hot and cold tooth sensitivity.
are not appropriate to use for the replacement of amalgam fillings,
onlays, or crowns.
The Future of Dental Lasers
dentistry procedures may soon be quicker and more effective
thanks to the growing popularity of laser dentistry. More dental
offices around the world will use dental lasers as the technology
continues to improve and the cost of the technology decreases.
Soon, dentists may use laser dentistry during a professional
dental cleaning to remove tartar and as a replacement for the
traditional root planing procedure, which is now done with a
surgical instrument called a curette that may damage surrounding
tissue. Eventually, laser dentistry could make it possible for
dentists to access any part of a tooth, thus replacing the need
for the traditional dental drill.
and Soft Tissue Dental Lasers
A wide variety
of lasers are used to diagnose, assist, and perform various
dental procedures. However, we generally speak of two broad
categories of lasers:
Tissue Lasers: The primary use of hard tissue lasers
is to cut precisely into bone and teeth. Hard tissue lasers
are often used to prep teeth for bonding, remove small amounts
of tooth structure, and repair certain worn down dental fillings.
Tissue Lasers: Soft tissue lasers penetrate soft tissue
while sealing blood vessels and nerve endings. This is the primary
reason why many people experience virtually no postoperative
pain following the use of a laser. Also, soft tissue lasers
allow tissues to heal faster.
of Dental Lasers
The Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a variety
of hard and soft tissue lasers for use in dental treatment of
adults and children alike. Because dental lasers boast unique
absorption characteristics, they are used to perform many specific
some dental lasers have a wavelength that is highly absorbed
by hydroxyapatite (calcium phosphate salt found in bone and
teeth) and water, making them more effective for cutting through
hard tissue. Commonly used hard tissue lasers include the Erbium
YAG, and the Erbium chromium YSGG.
lasers boast a wavelength that is highly absorbed by water and
hemoglobin (oxygenating protein in red blood cells), making
them more effective for soft tissue management. Commonly used
soft tissue lasers include Neodymium YAG (Nd:YAG) and diode
lasers, which may be used as a component of periodontal treatment
and have the ability to kill bacteria and activate the re-growth
of tissues. The carbon-dioxide laser, which minimizes damage
to surrounding tissue, removes tissue faster than the fiber
to the lasers used for cutting and shaping hard and soft tissues,
other laser types are used for various purposes. Certain lasers
are specifically designed to view the insides of teeth and cells
using Optical Coherence Tomography, a non-invasive imaging technique.
Other lasers provide energy and specific proteins that help
move messages between cells to match the body's natural ability
to use light spectrums to heal damaged cells.
Consult the Academy of Laser Dentistry for more information
about the types and benefits of procedures performed in laser
treatment involves generating a beam of light into your mouth.
The light enables your dentist to eliminate infected areas with
accuracy. Sterilizing the affected area, the beam of light also
closes off blood vessels. In most cases, patients rarely need
anesthesia, meaning your dental visit will be relatively short.
Since the 1960s, lasers have been used on teeth and gums and
because of technological advancements, lasers are now used globally.
Laser dental treatments ensure low-power, meaning the device
is gentle on the mouth.
used for removing old composite fillings and fumigating infected
root canals, lasers can also be used for crown lengthening,
bone shaping and oral surgery.
Benefits of Laser Dental Treatment
- Less noise than drilling
- Faster healing process
- Decreased risk of infection
- Less need for anesthesia
- Less need for multiple dental appointments
- Decreased sensitivity
is highly regarded by patients who value their appearance and
wish to always present a confident smile rather than being hindered
from openly expressing their personalities because of embarrassing
deficiencies in the appearance of their teeth. Deficiencies
such as yellow teeth, crooked teeth, gaps, discoloured old fillings
or a false tooth that appears unnatural, are all problems for
which we have a variety of modern cosmetic treatments.
look for high standards in the quality of care, service, expertise
and up-to-date technologies available in their chosen cosmetic
are unhurried and personal so that we may get to know you and
find out what you would actually like us to achieve for you.
We will then perform the required procedures for you with optimum
comfort and care for your well-being. For your comfort and for
anxious patients or lengthy procedures, we can provide Nitrous
Oxide Sedation and Twilight (intravenous) Sedation if you prefer
to sleep during the entire treatment process.