Laser therapy has been used in various dental treatment procedures for a long time. Laser dentistry can be used to treat various conditions such as cavities, infection in the gums, benign tumors, sleep apnea, TMD, hypersensitivity of the teeth, discolored teeth, etc.
How can lasers be used in dentistry?
- Laser treatment can be used to treat gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. The therapy is used to eliminate the microbes and remove the infected tissues. They're also used during the reshaping of the gums.
- Laser treatment can be used during a root canal therapy to remove the infected pulp and to disinfect the walls of the root canal.
- Lasers are used to detect underlying cavities. They are also used to remove the decay and disinfect the cavities.
- They can be used to perform biopsy while screening for oral cancer or other such oral diseases. A small piece of infected tissue is extracted with the help of lasers and examined for oral cancer.
- They can be used to remove lesions and benign tumors.
- Lasers can be used to activate the whitening gel which is used during teeth whitening. The process of teeth whitening can be made a lot quicker with the help of lasers.
- Lasers can be used as a curing light to help strengthen the bond between the tooth and the restoration by hardening the photo-sensitive adhesive.
- Lasers can be used to etch the surface of a tooth before restoration such as veneers, crowns, etc. are applied to it.
- They're used to treat patients who complain of hypersensitivity in their teeth.
What are the advantages of laser dentistry?
- The process wouldn't be too painful. Hence, the use of anesthesia can be avoided in most cases.
- The recovery time is very less since there's no usage of anesthesia.
- The treatment procedure is safe and comfortable.
- The chances of further bacterial infection are minimized as laser therapy is very precise.
- The bleeding and swelling of the soft tissue, such as the gums and the inner lining of the mouth, are reduced.
- It doesn't cause damage to the structure of the tooth.