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Laser dentistry makes full use of scientific and technological advancements as it has become more popular throughout recent years. Lasers used in dentistry provide accuracy as lasers are used in extreme safety. Dentists trained with lasers exercise precision and control over the length of time in laser usage as well as the size of the area to be treated.
What Laser Dentistry Can Do for You
1) Some procedures that require anesthetics may not require anesthesia if lasers are used.
2) Laser dentistry reduces bleeding as the light beam helps clot the exposed blood vessels.
3) Laser dentistry heals wounds at a faster pace.
4) Laser dentistry decreases the amount of damage caused in your tissues considering its precision.
As technology continues to advance, dental lasers may be used to eliminate tartar when receiving dental cleanings and may even substitute for a traditional dental drill in order to get into any portion of your tooth.
Treatments Performed with Dental Lasers
Dental lasers are used in a variety of dental treatments
1) Cold Sores—if you experience pain and sensitivity caused by cold sores, dental lasers can alleviate the pain, allowing you to heal faster.
2) Sleep Apnea—sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing during sleep. This results from an over-development of regions in the throat. Dental lasers can be used to reshape those areas, allowing you to breathe normally again.
3) Benign Tumors—dental lasers can be used to eliminate benign tumors in the gums, lips and the sides of your cheeks in a painless manner.
4) Crown Lengthening—crown lengthening requires some removal of your tooth structure. Dental lasers can reshape your gum tissue in order to reveal a healthier tooth structure.
5) Teeth Brightening—dental lasers are able to speed up teeth whitening procedures.
6) Dental Fillings—dental lasers can eliminate the bacteria in a cavity and can do so without the use of local anesthesia.
Types of Lasers
In dentistry, there are two types of dental lasers used for treatments.
1) Soft Tissue Lasers—soft tissue lasers go through soft tissue, closing blood vessels. Soft tissue lasers include the Neodymium YAG and Diode Lasers which are used in periodontal treatment as they eliminate bacteria, and the carbon-dioxide laser which controls damage to tissues.
2) Hard Tissue Lasers—hard tissue lasers penetrate through bone and teeth using lasers like the Erbium: YAG and the Erbium.