What to Expect
Lasers do not produce the whining or high pitched noises common to traditional dental equipment such as the dental drill. You may experience the sound of rushing air with a faint popping noise, similar to “Rice Bubbles”.
Air suction is used to keep the area free of water mist which is sprayed with the laser light. You may feel a “pins and needles” type feeling on the tooth or gum during the procedure but you should be able to relax and be comfortable when the dental laser is being used.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
The major benefits associated with laser dentistry include the following:
- Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
- Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anaesthesia.
- Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding. The high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
- Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
- Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
- Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
Application of Laser Dentistry
The application of lasers in dentistry allows dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures not possible prior to this technological advance. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures.
Hard Tissue (Tooth) Laser Dentistry Procedures
Cavity Detector: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used for the early detection of cavities by providing a reading of the by-products produced by tooth decay.
Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation: Hard tissue dental lasers may eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection and the traditional turbine dental drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable of killing bacteria located in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long term tooth restorations. However, dental lasers are not appropriate for the replacement of amalgam fillings, inlays or crowns.
Tooth Sensitivity: Dental lasers may be used to seal tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.
Soft Tissue (Gum) Laser Dentistry Procedures
Crown Lengthening: Dental lasers can be used to reshape gum tissue (soft tissue laser) and bone (hard tissue laser) to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations such as crowns
Gummy Smile: Dental lasers are highly effective in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
Lip Tie and Tongue Tie: A laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for children who are tongue and/or lip tied (restricted or tight frenulum) and babies unable to breast feed adequately due to limited tongue movement. A laser frenectomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.
Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.
Other Laser Dentistry Applications
Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.
Teeth Whitening: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used to speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening.
If you are looking for accurate, efficient dental care to put your mind at ease, Coburg Dental Group are leading the way with the latest laser dentistry procedures. Contact us to talk through your queries about these exciting new procedures.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.