The idea of using lasers in medicine was once thought to be science fiction. However, in the latter part of the 20th century, more and more medical professionals began to include lasers as a part of their treatment. In the early 1990s, lasers were introduced into the world of dentistry. The FDA has approved the use of lasers in dentistry. Dentists find laser technology to be an effective and precise way to remove tooth decay within the tooth while at the same time prepping the rest of the tooth for the metal or ceramic filling.
Dentists are also using laser technology in connection with gum disease. They are using it to help reshape gums as well as get rid of any bacteria that might be left over during the performance of a root canal. Due to the precision offered by laser technology, dentists have been able to remove small pieces of tissue from their patient’s mouth using lasers. This is perfect for trying to remove a sample to biopsy.
As with every other laser out there, the lasers used by dentists are designed to deliver focused forms of light energy. They will either act to cut or to vaporize the tissue that it comes into contact with. When used in conjunction with cavity fillings, laser technology can be used as a curing agent. It helps to strengthen the seal between the patient’s teeth and the cement that is being used.
There are a lot of positive things that come from using laser technology as opposed to traditional drills. One big positive for patients is that lasers are able to perform precise treatments with a lot less discomfort than a drill. In some instances, a laser can remove or lessen discomfort to the point that no anesthesia is needed.
Another plus for patients is the mental relaxation. For a lot of patients, the sound of the drill is a terrifying thing. They are so uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill that they avoid going to the dentist. However, since the laser is virtually silent and since the laser does not produce the vibrating effect, it allows many people to have the treatments they need without feeling nervous.
Using laser technology allows our dentists to save more of a healthy tooth during a cavity procedure. These are just a few of the many benefits that come from using lasers in dentistry. At Cascades Center for Dental Health, we are proud to offer laser therapy. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment at our office in Sterling!