Why Laser Dentistry Can Benefit Patients

Why Laser Dentistry Can Benefit Patients

When you think about dentistry, “lasers” usually isn’t the first thing to come to mind — even though laser dentistry has been used since 1989 to treat a variety of common dental issues, including tooth decay, gum disease and whitening teeth.

In fact, laser dentistry owes its roots to Albert Einstein, who in 1917 laid the foundation for the modern laser (or “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation”). Researchers honed this technology to use in dentistry starting in the 1960s and eventually evolved the science into the diode lasers being used in dentistry today.

Lasers create light energy in a narrow beam. When this beam hits tissue, it creates a reaction that allows for removal or shaping of tissue.

Today, laser dentistry is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a variety of treatments that improve patients’ quality of care.

Laser Dentistry Procedures

There are two types of dental lasers: soft tissue and hard tissue. Soft tissue lasers can be used on gums while hard tissue lasers are designed for teeth.

Soft tissue lasers have a wavelength that is absorbable by water and hemoglobin (oxygenating protein in red blood cells), which makes them good to work with soft tissue while sealing blood vessels and nerve endings.

Hard Tissue Procedures

Soft Tissue Procedures

For a patient going to a general or cosmetic dentist, lasers are often used for periodontal treatment and for teeth whitening. A periodontist typically has more extensive training with lasers and typically performs more procedures with lasers.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry procedures in particular have some amazing benefits. At Hancock and Johnston Dentistry

1. Limits bleeding

Lasers minimize bleeding in soft tissues by promoting blood clotting. This is especially beneficial if you have gingivitis, which causes severe gum bleeding and bone loss. Lasers kill the bacteria, helping to stem bleeding and swelling of the gums.

2. Patient optimization

Dentists can adjust the levels and wavelengths of the laser beams. This gives dentists control to address their patients’ specific issues.

3. Fast healing

Laser treatment is minimally invasive and less traumatic to the gums. This helps patients heal much faster compared with traditional surgery. The body’s healing process then stimulates stem cells to form new connective tissues, bone, and collagen.

4. Less painful

Lasers replace more invasive drills in traditional dentistry. Without the added drill pressure, there’s little to no need for anesthesia. The overall result is less pain and discomfort for patients.

5. Preserves teeth

Extremely precise lasers can address cavities without damaging the healthy parts of the tooth, leading to stronger outcomes. With soft tissue procedures, targeted gum and tissue are reduced at a lower level, with less damage to healthy tissue.

6. Minimizes infection

By using only one tool for a procedure — the laser — you lower the risk of bacterial infections. Additionally, the laser itself sterilizes the area.

7. Less anxiety

Laser dentistry may lessen the fear that many patients have of sitting in a dentist’s chair simply because the drill is no longer present! And because patients feel minimal discomfort, they will be more relaxed during the treatment.

Schedule Your Laser Dentistry Treatment Today

Here at Hancock & Johnston Dentistry, we are committed to staying on top of the latest trends in laser dentistry to deliver the best results for patients.

When you book an appointment with us, you’ll feel comforted in how thorough we are in discussing your highly personal dental plans. We will walk you through your options and explain all the benefits to the procedures we offer.

Keep your smile sparkling for a lifetime!