What is Laser Dentistry?

Image result for dental laserDentists have been using lasers for a variety of procedures for over 20 years. Keep reading to see how they are used in the dental field and how you can benefit.

First of all let’s talk about what is a laser. A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. In Dentistry, a laser can be used to remove or shape oral tissue, which includes, gums, teeth and bone.

How Are Lasers Used?

The laser can be used for a variety of functions in the dental field, for example:

  • Lasers can help reduce the discomfort from canker or cold sores
  • A laser can remove the decay from a cavity before the filling is put in place
  • It can expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Lasers can remove tissue overgrowth caused by certain medications
  • Helps in performing biopsy procedures
  • Removes or reshapes excess gum and bone tissue during crown-lengthening procedure
  • Removes inflamed gum tissue and aiding in the treatment of gum disease
  • Treating abscessed gums and root canal infections

What To Expect From A Laser Procedure

Before the procedure, you will be given safety glasses to protect your eyes. While you are undergoing treatment you might hear noises from the laser. If the laser is being used on soft tissue, it will be silent. However, if the laser is being used on hard tissue, you might hear a popping sound. Suction is also used during laser procedures to keep the area clean and cool.

What Are The Benefits of Lasers?

Sometimes lasers can be used instead of a drill or anesthesia, this helps in reducing pain and can be an overall more relaxing experience. Laser treatment can be more precise than other methods, and they can also be used to control swelling and minimize bleeding. This helps reduce postoperative discomfort and healing time.

If you in the Englewood Colorado area and would like to set up an appointment, please give us a call at 303-781-0624. Or request an appointment online.