A dental laser is a type of dental equipment that uses laser light energy to treat a variety of oral health concerns. Combined with minimally invasive techniques, lasers have changed how many dental procedures are performed. At Lagos Periodontics & Dental Implants, the dentist commonly uses a laser to remove tooth decay and infected tissue as part of the biomimetic dentistry approach, which treats tooth damage without drilling and filling the tooth. Another widespread use of a laser is reshaping gums to lengthen short teeth or expose more of the tooth's crown to improve the appearance of a smile. Lasers are also used for biopsy procedures, cosmetic gum lifts, periodontal therapy, and more.
Benefits of Laser Surgery Technology
- Reduced discomfort during and after the procedure compared to traditional methods of treatment
- Fast treatment times that save patients time and eliminate the need for multiple appointments
- Minimally invasive and no incisions needed
- Safe for all types of dental treatments, from cavity detection and soft tissue management to periodontal therapy and teeth whitening
- Virtually no risk of infection or complications
- Longer-lasting results than traditional methods
- A reduced need for anesthesia for some procedures
- Less risk of damage to surrounding tissues, nerves, and blood vessels
- Little-to-no pain after treatment
Common Laser Procedures
- Lasers can eliminate deterioration and prepare the enamel for fillings.
- During a root canal, it might assist in forming the gums and clearing the bacteria.
- Because lasers can remove small amounts of tissue for examination, many dentists utilize them to do biopsies.
- Lasers can be used to eradicate mouth lesions and benign oral malignancies, as well as to relieve the pain associated with canker sores.
- They are frequently used to strengthen muscular attachment, regenerate nerves, and cure sleep apnea.
- In cosmetic dentistry, the laser provides a safe amount of heat to boost the effectiveness of whitening agents.
- Laser dentistry can be used in cosmetic operations such as teeth whitening. They hasten the process by activating the whitening solution.
Is Laser Surgery Technology Right for Me?
Laser dentistry is very safe and has many long-term benefits, such as faster healing time and less risk of infection or complications with anesthesia. However, there are a few patients that should not receive laser treatment. This includes those who have or have ever had herpes simplex virus, who are pregnant or breastfeeding, who have uncontrolled diabetes, or who are taking a blood thinner medication. If you are concerned about having the procedure done, be sure to consult with our dentist. They will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for laser treatment. Listening to your dentist’s advice regarding your dental care is essential.
In addition to oral surgeries such as tooth extractions and periodontal therapy, lasers can also be used for cosmetic treatments. To learn more about laser surgery technology, visit Lagos Periodontics & Dental Implants at 36945 Cook St Building I, Suite 101, Palm Desert, CA 92211, or call (760) 568-3421.