Laser technology has transformed many aspects of our lives, including how some medical and now dental treatments are carried out. Laser technology uses highly focused beams of high-energy light in order to perform specific functions. This minimally-invasive, sterile and highly precise technique is now being widely used in the dental field in order to deliver superior quality treatments and patient care.
We are delighted to be able to offer our patients the benefit of laser dentistry procedures performed here at our offices in McPherson, KS.
Types of lasers used in dentistry
There are primarily two different types of laser that can be used to perform dental treatments. These are known as hard and soft tissue lasers.
Hard tissue lasers
Hard tissue lasers are used to cut through tough structures such as teeth and bone. They are often in used in place of scalpels and enable our dentists to perform incisions and other invasive tasks with supreme accuracy and precision. There are no concerns about human error such as accidental slips. This means that the work carried out is normally much safer than can be performed by hand. The sterility of the laser also means that there are fewer risks associated with infection.
Common procedures performed using hard tissue lasers include:
Preparing the teeth for restorative work
Dealing with impacted teeth
Treatment for sensitive teeth
Soft tissue lasers
Soft tissue lasers are much more effective for soft tissue management. They can penetrate soft tissue while sealing blood vessels and nerve endings, preventing many of the side effects associated with conventional dental treatments.
Common procedures performed using soft tissue lasers include:
Gummy smile treatment
Removal of soft tissue folds
Frenectomy (removal of the frenulum)
Obtain tissue for biopsy
Other treatments that can be performed using laser dentistry
There are also a variety of other treatments that utilize laser technology in order to ensure perfect precision, great results, and faster, less painful recoveries. These include:
Treatment of cold sores
Teeth whitening, the most popular elective dental procedure in the world
Temporomandibular joint treatment (TMD)
Removal of tumors
Why choose laser dentistry?
The number of applications whereby laser technology can be applied is continuing to grow, and this is partly due to demand from both dentists and patients alike who recognize the advantages that this technique offers everyone involved. For patients, some of the key benefits of choosing laser dentistry include the following:
Minimizing the invasiveness of the dental procedure
Minimizing the risk of infection
Lessening the likelihood of bleeding, swelling, and other side effects
Eliminating the need for drilling, something which frightens most patients
Reduced need for anesthetic as treatments are less painful
Less impact on surrounding teeth and soft tissue
Superior accuracy and precision in any procedure
Faster recovery time for patients, enabling them to get back to normal more quickly
Overall improve treatment outcome for patients