Lasers have been used to treat several dental disorder of the mouth since a very long time. The American Dental Association is quite optimistic of its role in the field of dentistry, although no laser system has been approved as an alternative to treating dental diseases.
Laser lights used for treating tissues of the mouth are different from other laser sources. The most common types of dental lasers are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers. They are generally employed to treat soft tissue problems.
Dentists often use lasers to treat the following conditions:
- Tooth decay - Lasers can effectively remove any signs of tooth decay.
- Gum diseases – Helps reshape gums and remove bacteria during a root canal.
- Biopsy or lesion removal – Lasers can be used to remove any signs of malignant lesions.
- Teeth whitening – All bleaching agents are activated by laser technology that helps speed up the whitening process.
- Frenectomy – It helps rectify and correct speech and feeding habits in babies, children, and adults by untying the tongue.
How are lasers used in dentistry?
Lasers typically work by emitting energy in the form of light radiation. Lasers can perform different functions based on the need. When it comes to using laser technology from a surgical perspective, it works as a cutting instrument as it comes in contact with tissues. When used in teeth whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and improves the efficiency of the bleaching agent. Using lasers can save time and bring about lasting and accurate results.
What advantages does laser technology provide?
There are several advantages of laser technology. Here are some of the striking ones.
- Reduces the need for local anesthesia.
- Causes less pain.
- Help reduce anxiety in patients who are fearful of needles.
- Minimizes bleeding and swelling of soft tissues.
- Preserves healthy teeth during cavity removal.
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