Laser treatment in dentistry has been widely used for several decades to treat many different oral issues, including gum disease. The role of laser technology in dentistry is diverse and growing, and there are several main issues it is used to treat. Tooth decay, gum disease, biopsy or lesion removal and teeth whitening are all common reasons for receiving laser dental cleaning at our office.
Lasers can be a safe and effective means to treat dental problems, and it is helpful to understand what, exactly, a laser is, how it works and the benefits associated with this form of treatment. The use of lasers in dentistry has been in place since the early 1990s, and they are often used in conjunction with other dental treatments or on their own.
What Is Laser Treatment?
Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used in dentistry they act as a cutting instrument or vaporizer. They produce a very small, narrow beam of light energy and when it comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction.
When used for laser dental cleaning procedures, the light produced by the laser can remove or shape the desired tissue, strengthen the bond between a filling and a tooth, or act as a heat source and tooth-bleaching agent.
How Lasers Are Used in Dentistry
There are numerous dental-related issues that lasers can be used for, including:
- To reduce discomfort and pain associated with canker and cold sores
- Pinpoint and expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Remove muscle attachments that may limit normal movement
- Manage gum tissue during work for crowns
- Remove inflamed gum tissue
- Treat gum disease
- Remove or reshape gum and bone tissues
- Treat infection caused by root canals
- Help speed up tooth whitening procedures
Benefits of Laser Dental Cleaning
Laser treatment can enable a patient to have a more relaxed dental experience. Additionally, lasers have been known to reduce symptoms and healing times associated with many common dental procedures, as well as reduce bacteria caused by gum disease.
Dental laser treatment can be an extremely effective treatment for many common oral ailments. It is recommended you contact our office and meet with Dr. Nishimura if you have any questions regarding laser treatment. Our trained staff of professionals are in place to answer any questions you may have to help you have a more comfortable and enjoyable dental experience.