At Edge Dental, we are continuously striving to add latest dental technology to provide the highest quality of dental care to our patients. Our aim is to introduce less-invasive modalities which replace the current dental surgical procedures and need for extensive surgery. Laser Dentistry is one such innovation which is being used at Edge Dental.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry involves the use of lasers to treat various problems in a convenient and painless manner. Lasers became available for medical use in the mid 1900s. Since then, they are being used by dentists throughout the world as an alternative to the conventional dental drills. The American Dental Association states that it is cautiously optimistic regarding the role of lasers in dental treatment.
What are Lasers?
The word LASER is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”. The laser instrument generates a very focused beam of light energy. When this light hits the body tissues, it generates a reaction which can be used for performing various dental procedures.
What are Different Types of Lasers?
Mainly Diode lasers are used in dentistry. These are of two types:
- Hard Lasers – The hard tissue lasers generate a direct reaction inside the body upon impact and absorption. They are mainly used for performing surgical procedures and procedures which involve bacterial killing.
- Soft Lasers – These lasers do not elicit a reaction inside the body. Instead, they have better penetration, and they act at the cellular level. They are primarily used for treatment of pain and for reducing inflammation inside dental tissues.
What are the Uses of Lasers in Dentistry?
Lasers can be used for treatment a number of dental procedures. Some of them are:
- Removal of Tumors – High-intensity lasers are also useful in the removal of tumors. The thin beam of the lasers allow for precise removal of tumor margins.
- Laser Teeth Whitening – one of the most important uses of dental lasers is teeth whitening. Laser energy is used for activation of the bleaching agent which penetrates beneath the outer enamel layer of the the teeth and removes surface stains.
- Treatment of Inflammation – soft lasers are highly effective in penetrating deep in the oral tissues and reducing inflammation. They are used for treatment of gum diseases like tooth infections, gum and periodontal problems. Lasers have also been shown to significantly reduce the healing time and inflammation following surgical procedures.
- Regeneration – Lasers have also been shown to regenerate damaged nerves and blood vessels.
on hard and soft tissue structures:
Some of the hard tissue procedures which are performed by Lasers in dentistry are:
- Detection of Teeth Cavities – lasers can be used for quick and easy detection of teeth cavities. The lasers are able to differentiate between the healthy and demineralized tooth structure.
- Removal of Tooth Decay – dental lasers can also be used for the removal of demineralized and damaged tooth structure, which can then be restored with a suitable filling material.
- Tooth Preparation – conventionally, tooth preparation for the attachment of cosmetic restorations like veneers, crowns and bridges was done by using drills. Thanks to the dental lasers, the high energy of the lasers can be used for tooth preparation and for reshaping.
- Maxillofacial Surgery – another important use of the dental lasers is that they can be used for performing surgical procedures like jaw, orthodontic and cosmetic surgery.
- Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity – the high-intensity energy of the dental lasers is able to occlude the exposed region of the teeth which cause hot or cold sensitivity.
Soft tissue lasers are also available for performing various dental procedures:
- Cosmetic Gum Surgery – laser energy is often used as alternative to the conventional surgical scalpels. They are commonly used for reshaping, lengthening or shortening of the gums. Laser lights are also used in dentistry for the lengthening of crowns of natural teeth. In case a tooth has excessive attachment by the gum tissue, we will remove the excessive tissue by using lasers, and to restore the esthetics of the affected tooth.
- Muscular Surgery – sometimes, muscles are attached at the wrong position, which can affect normal dental function. Lasers can be used the surgical repositioning of the muscles and other soft tissues.
- Treatment of Sleep Apnea – in cases where the reason behind sleep apnea is excessive tissue growth around the throat, lasers can be used for the surgical removal of the tissue which ensures improved airflow through the respiratory structures.
What are the Benefits of Dental Lasers?
One of the biggest advantages of the lasers is that they do not vibrate like the dental drills. In addition, they are also soundless. So, for patients who are afraid of the dental drill, lasers are an excellent option.
- Simple and Quick – with dental lasers, many complex dental procedures can be performed in a safe, quick and simple manner.
- Minimal Bleeding – another beneficial aspect of the lasers is that they reduce post-operative bleeding. This is because of the high energy they generate, which occludes the bleeding vessels.
- Improved Healing – there are very minimal side-effects associated with the use of dental lasers, as they reduce pain and inflammation, and post-operative complications.
- Safety – lasers are also a safer alternative to conventional surgical protocols, as they also sterilize the area of operation.
What is the Cost of Treatment with Dental Lasers
Dental lasers are more expensive than conventional treatment options. Tooth preparation or restoration using a conventional drill generally costs $600. However, when it is done using lasers, it will cost you around $1000.
Dental lasers have very few drawbacks associated with them. However, to ensure safety, procedures with dental lasers must be performed by a qualified and experienced dentist. At Edge Dental, we take pride in having state of the art dental diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to take good care of your teeth and smile. So, visit us today and drive away with an excellent oral health and a beautiful, charming smile.