Lasers are used widely in the field of dentistry to perform a range of treatments.
Lasers have been used in dentistry for many years, but with advancements in the industry, the technique has improved considerably. Innovative dental laser treatments are now performed for a number of reasons and modern technology has helped to transform how patients experience dental care. In fact, with the use of lasers, there is often no need to involve the use of needles, scalpels, and drills, which means that dental procedures are made more comfortable and relaxing. Read on to find out how lasers are used in dentistry and the benefits of this effective technique…
What treatments can be performed with lasers?
Lasers can be used to perform a wide range of dental procedures in a way that is comfortable and safe. Lasers can be used to treat tooth decay — your dentist will use a laser to remove decay from within the affected tooth, as well as to prepare the enamel for a filling.
Dental lasers can also be used to address gum disease. Bacteria can be removed by means of a laser, and the gums can be reshaped. Lasers can also be used to remove tissue in cases where a biopsy is necessary. They can also be used to treat lesions and sores in the mouth.
Modern laser technology is often used to speed up professional teeth whitening treatments that are performed in the dental chair. A bleaching agent is applied to the teeth and activated by laser energy to achieve quick and effective results.
How do dental lasers work?
Lasers deliver light energy — in the case of dental treatments, this light energy works by cutting or vaporising the target area of tissue. When it comes to teeth whitening treatments, the laser is applied to the teeth and acts as a source of heat. This helps to improve the effects of the bleaching agent, while also speeding up the process.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
There are a number of benefits to choosing laser dentistry over traditional dental techniques like drilling. Laser dentistry tends to cause less pain and often reduces the need for anaesthesia. Lasers also minimise uncomfortable side effects like bleeding and swelling and may even help to preserve more healthy teeth during the treatment of tooth decay. Soft tissues in the mouth often heal faster when treated by means of laser dentistry, and the process is virtually pain-free. The chance of infection is also reduced as the heat from the laser kills bacteria in the mouth.
Patients who feel anxious about undergoing traditional dental procedures often benefit from laser dentistry as it eliminates the discomfort and fear often associated with needles and drills.
How can we help?
At Honeysuckle Dental, we use the very latest advances in modern dental technology and offer a range of innovative dental laser treatments. We use dental lasers for teeth whitening treatments; removal of tooth decay; restorations such as fillings and root canal therapy; soft tissue surgery; hard tissue surgery; and gum treatments.
Some of the lasers that we use include the ErYag laser; the KTP laser; and the PAD laser. The ErYag laser allows us to perform fillings and soft tissue surgery without the need for local anaesthesia, while the KTP laser is used during teeth whitening procedures and for soft tissue surgery. Our PAD laser is an efficient and minimally invasive disinfection system, which we often use for root canals, gum disease treatments and restorative procedures.
If you would like to find out more about laser dentistry at Honeysuckle Dental, please have a look here. Our team is available to address any questions or concerns that you might have regarding the technique or your treatment of choice.
To book an appointment, please contact us here or give us a call on (02) 4915 9230.