What is Dental Laser?
Dental laser is a part of laser family intended precisely for procedures in oral surgery and dentistry.
How does laser work?
There is a type of laser called Diode lasers. Its wavelengths are poorly absorbed by the soft tissues like the gum, and cannot be used for soft tissue cutting. Instead, the distal end of the glass fiber is charred and heated by laser beam, which in turn heats up the glass fiber tip. The cut is accomplished by contact with charred glass tip and not by the laser beam.
What is soft tissue laser?
lasers are used for soft tissue surgeries in the oral cavity to do a lot of procedures
lasers are used for soft tissue surgeries in the oral cavity to do a lot of procedures like gingivectomy (cutting the excessive gum), gingivoplasty (cosmetic changes to the gum), frenectomy, biopsies, and coagulation (stop bleeding).
Cosmetic and Laser
There are other cosmetic procedures done by laser such as removing pigmentation of the gum or color change the gum. This uses wavelengths which are partially absorbed by pigment in the tissue.
Laser at Dentistry
Dental procedures involving lasers may sound like something from science fiction, but for a growing number of dentists, it is today's reality.
Laser dentistry can eliminate the need for anesthesia, excessive bleeding and stitches after surgery. It can also help reduce tissue damage, the risk of infection, and the length of recovery time following surgery.
With Laser Dentistry:
- Gums can be reshaped without cutting
- Tooth decay issues can be addressed with less pain
- Benign tumors can be removed from the mouth without stitches
- laser treatment for sensitive teeth
- treating herpetic lesions ( cold sores)
To learn more about how laser dentistry can benefit you, call our office to set up a consultation.
Laser and cleaning
Lasers sometimes are used for debridement (tissue cleaning) and disinfection of diseased periodontal pockets (pockets full of bacteria and debris from tartar or build ups). Closure of treated pockets is permitted by their coagulative ability to form fibrin.
Some of the benefits of lasers
The use of a laser can diminish injury after surgery, and decreases the need for anesthetics.
There will be almost no bleeding following soft tissue procedures. In addition, the risks of electrosurgery procedures are avoided.
Is dental laser safe?
Yes, lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. Lasers is a safe and effective treatment for a varied collection of dental procedures.