It’s a Reality!
Forty years ago, using a laser in dentistry sounded like something straight out of Star Trek. But Dr. McCoy isn't the only one using lasers anymore. More and more laser dentists now use lasers in dentistry treatments such as the removal of tooth decay, root canals and teeth whitening.
At this point, dental technology is outpacing the dental consumer in every way. A great many people have never used a dental laser in their lives, yet more and more technological advancements are occurring in the field of laser dentistry. At this point, it is necessary to know the basics. With so many options, let's try to make heads or tails of it.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
"Laser" is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. What does all this mean? In essence, a laser produces a very exact beam of concentrated laser energy that can treat a wide variety of dental problems. The laser sterilizes and coagulates blood vessels at the same time, thereby reducing the opportunity for infection. Lasers in dentistry can be used for surgical procedures such as a cutting instrument or tissue vaporizer, meaning it melts away tissue it comes in contact with.
Safety glasses will be used to protect your eyes from any harm. In many cases, the use of the laser instead of the drill or knife greatly reduces pain during the procedure. Depending upon what you need and your pain tolerance, anesthesia is sometimes unnecessary!
The Advantages of Using Lasers in Dentistry
Like everything under the sun (or moon or stars or clouds), laser dentistry has its own pros and cons. One major pro is that patients may now avoid hearing the dreadful sound of the drill in some cases, as lasers in dentistry can now perform the traditional drill's responsibilities.
Besides that, laser dentistry scores points with patients and laser dentists in other ways, too.
The Drawbacks for Laser Dentists
You and your laser dentist will decide which laser is right for you. Here is a quick look at some of the amazing treatments that can be afforded by using a laser for your next procedure. This is NOT an exhaustive list; your own laser dentist can fill in the blanks:
Today, we don't have "to boldly go where no man has gone before" to simplify our dental procedures. Using lasers in dentistry improves healing, reduces infection and generally minimizes your time in the chair! Ask your dentist about laser dentistry before you begin your next dental care treatment plan.