The use of laser technology in dentistry may be a bit expensive and still has limitations in terms of its scope of application, but it cannot be denied that it has several benefits that will make you consider having it over traditional methods of oral health treatment. Here are some of its benefits to help you better appreciate laser dentistry.
1. It is less traumatic.
If you have had your tooth drilled before, then you will know exactly how traumatic and painful such an experience is. Even if the dentist applies a topical anesthesia or injects it into your gums, the vibration and heat caused by the drilling motion can still cause some pain, not to mention that it feels like the interior of your mouth is being jack-hammered. Laser dentistry does not cause the same discomfort. It may even eliminate the need for anesthesia in some cases, so you also avoid that numb feeling after a procedure that often causes some patients to accidentally bite their tongue or lips.
2. It is precise.
Laser technology uses a very narrow beam of light, so it hits the tissue or the tooth just where the cut or incision has to be made. For example, when removing cavity in preparation for a filling, laser can precisely remove just the decayed portion of the tooth and keep most of the healthy part intact. The same is true when cutting through soft tissues, like your gums. If folds or deformations are to be removed, only those affected areas are touched, leaving the healthy area as they are.
3. It controls and reduces bleeding.
Again, because of the laser’s precise technology, only a minimal portion of the tissue is touched during an incision. Thus, there is a lesser chance of bleeding. If bleeding does occur, laser can also be used to seal off the blood vessels to stop it.
4. It prevents future dental problems.
Laser is very effective in removing cavities before a tooth is filled. This means that the patient can expect his tooth filling to last longer and he can be assured that no new growth of bacteria will occur on the site as long as he practices good oral hygiene. Another example of the laser’s superiority over a traditional drill is in the removal of cavities or the reshaping of a tooth. The high pressure and vibrating motion can damage or fracture nearby teeth. They may not be visible at the moment, but will soon be felt by the patient as the damages worsen with time. With laser, the chances of this happening is slim.
5. You’ll have fewer visits to your dentist.
Laser gets the job done fast and accurately, so several procedures can be done with just one visit to your dentist. In most cases, using laser also eliminates the need for preparatory treatments, which often involves several visits before the actual procedure is done. That means fewer expenses for dental fees.
Other Various Uses of Laser Dentistry
The light energy emitted in lasers can be adjusted depending on application. Therefore, it can cut through a wide range of tissues, from very soft gums to very hard teeth.
Of course, all these benefits are only possible if your dentist is adequately trained in the use of laser. He should have the required credentials and certifications to ensure he is capable of applying that powerful light energy on your gums and teeth properly.