The word laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Since 1990 when the FDA deemed laser dentistry to be safe for patients, it has been incorporated into more dental practices. At Inspiration Dental, we provide dental laser therapy in Riverview, FL. Laser dentistry involves using advanced technology to perform many dental procedures. With this state-of-the-art equipment, many treatments can be done safely and efficiently without pain or anesthesia.
Laser technology gives a superior level of precision to dental treatments. The dentist controls the power and duration of the laser energy on the targeted area. This control provides a specific area of focus without damaging the surrounding tissues. Treatments can be customized based on the patient’s needs since the dentist can control the depth and speed of the laser.
Laser energy uses an intense light to target and treat dental concerns such as bacteria, infections, or gum issues. Compared to traditional dental drills, lasers are faster, more efficient, and quieter. The recovery period is faster due to minimal bleeding or discomfort.
With advancements in dental technology, there has been an increase in dental laser therapies. The FDA has approved lasers for hard and soft tissue treatments in adults and children. Each laser has unique characteristics making them ideal for specific dental procedures. Laser uses in dentistry include the following:
Laser dental therapies are available for general, cosmetic, restorative, and surgical procedures. The powerful light energy disinfects, cuts and seals, reduces inflammation, speeds healing, and even whitens. For more severe conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorders or sleep apnea, lasers dentistry may help address the symptoms.
With improvements in medical and dental technology, laser therapies have increased allowing more treatments to be performed safely and efficiently. In dentistry, lasers help reduce anxiety that is often caused by noisy dental drills. Lasers lack the sound and smell of drills.
Additionally, lasers are faster and more effective. Treatments are performed with minimal bleeding as the laser energy vaporizes the damaged tissues while clotting blood vessels. This promotes faster healing and less discomfort. Patients have a shorter recovery period and wounds heal quickly as the tissues are regenerated.
Laser dentistry decreases the need for scalpels, drills, and invasive oral surgeries. The concentrated, precise energy is trained on the treatment site only. The laser selectively ablates the diseased or damaged tissue which helps to save more of the healthy surrounding tissue. When used for cavity removal, more of the healthy tooth is preserved.
Additional advantages of laser dental procedures over traditional dental treatments include the following: