Laser dentistry has been used by dentists since 1990, but is just recently becoming more widespread in dental practices. Laser dentistry is also known as “no-drill dentistry” and “shot-free dentistry”. Destination Dental uses laser dentistry for removing inflamed gum tissue and treating root canals. We also use lasers to help speed up the tooth whitening process. Here are some other advantages to using lasers in dentistry!
More Comfortable Visits
The harsh sounds of drilling and other tools can be very scary for a lot of patients, especially young children. With laser dentistry, there are no sounds that will cause you to be uncomfortable. Unfortunately, not all procedures can use laser dentistry, but we will always give you that option if it is available.
A Better Healing Process
Laser dentistry is very precise and allows your dentists to work on a small portion of your mouth at a time. Lasers help reduce tissue trauma which, in return, speeds up the healing process. The process also reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth because lasers sterilize the area. Bleeding is minimized when treating soft tissues as the laser promotes blood clotting. We prefer to use laser dentistry if possible in procedures.
No Anesthesia Necessary
Because laser dentistry is almost pain-free, anesthesia is not necessary for your dentist to do their job. Laser dentistry is a fast and effective method that uses heat and light. During some procedures, the laser will seal nerve endings and blood vessels while penetrating the tissue, resulting in almost no-pain for the patient. Other sharp tools are not needed when a laser can do the job just as well, if not better.
Hard Tissue vs. Soft Tissue Lasers
There are two types of lasers used: hard tissue and soft tissue lasers. The type of treatment depends on which laser is needed, or if both types are needed. Hard tissue lasers cut through tooth structure. This type of laser is mainly used to prep or reshape teeth. Soft tissue lasers are used on your gums. Common procedures that use laser dentistry include: crown lengthening, removing soft tissue folds, TMJ treatment, treating cold sores, removing benign tumors, and many more!