Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser produces a very exact beam of concentrated laser energy that can treat a wide variety of dental problems. The laser sterilizes and coagulates blood vessels at the same time, thereby reducing the opportunity for infection. Lasers in dentistry can be used for surgical procedures such as a cutting instrument or tissue vaporizer, meaning it melts away tissue it encounters. Safety glasses will be used to protect your eyes from any harm. In many cases, the use of the laser instead of the drill or knife greatly reduces pain during the procedure. Depending upon what you need and your pain tolerance, anesthesia is sometimes unnecessary.
Is Laser Dentistry Safe?
Dental lasers can actually improve your safety during procedures in a few ways. For one, they allow for more precise treatment than even the finest hand instruments, which means that they can reduce the amount of healthy tooth structure that needs to be removed. While using the soft tissue laser to treat periodontal disease or perform biopsies, the added level of precision reduces the amount of tissue we have to remove and lessens the chances of bleeding. This can also translate to a reduced risk of infection and other complications. Dental lasers are approved for use in a wide variety of scenarios, including use on children.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Using lasers represents the leading-edge treatment to fight periodontal disease. Lasers provide a revolutionary and painless option to kill harmful oral bacteria, plus they allow you to preserve teeth that may have been lost with standard periodontal disease treatments. Laser dentistry provides the following benefits:
- Eliminates bleeding of the gums immediately.
- Eliminates cutting the gums, soreness and other discomfort caused by surgery.
- Seals deep periodontal pockets.
- Regenerates bone and ligament tissue.
- Cause less pain in some instances, so the need for anesthesia is reduced.
- Preserve more of the healthy tooth during cavity removal.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
Affinity Dental has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook.