Dental laser treatment, also referred to as laser dentistry, is the process of treating various dental conditions using lasers. Lasers started to be commercially used in treating dental health in the year 1989. It is one of the more comfortable treatment options used in various dental procedures which that involve the soft and hard tissues. As it is known, laser treatment uses a beam of light rays to manage medical conditions. Some of the dental complications that can be treated using lasers include tooth decay. Tooth hypersensitivity, gum diseases, and teeth whitening.
Types of Lasers Used
Two types of lasers are used in managing dental conditions. The lasers include soft tissue lasers and hard tissue lasers. Some conditions may call for an application of both types of lasers.
1. Hard Tissue Lasers
These types of lasers can be used to cut through teeth structures. A specific mineral in the teeth and water are used to absorb the wavelengths, and mostly, the lasers are used to shape teeth. Hard tissue lasers can also be sued to remove some structures of the teeth and repair dental fillings.
2. Soft Tissue Lasers
These types of lasers get absorbed through hemoglobin and water, and it is an effective way of killing bacteria present in the mouth. It is also the best method of treating periodontitis, and they activate the growth tissues.
Advantages of Dental Laser Treatment
- Minimal Bleeding
As compared to other methods of dental treatment, laser treatment minimizes bleeding, especially in treated soft tissues, because the laser facilitates blood clotting.
- Cost Effective
Treatment methods like surgery are costly, and anesthesia is necessary. Dental laser treatment is economical as the doctor only uses a beam of radiation to treat your condition, and no anesthesia needed unless necessary.
- Low Chances of Bacterial Infecting
The procedure kills all the bacteria in the mouthy sterilizing the area, therefore, improving your oral health.
- Faster Healing of Wounds
Soft tissue lasers facilitate the growth of new tissues; therefore, if there is a wound in the mouth, it will get healed faster.
• Drills might be needed to complete polishing the fillings.
• Risk of getting injury gum
• The procedure depends on the situation of the tissues, gums, and teeth (their ability to perceive the radiations).