Are you in the dark about laser dentistry? If so, we are happy to enlighten you. Due to advances in the field of dentistry, dentists can now use laser treatments on their patients to deliver energy in the form of light. Read on to learn about this exciting technology, how it works, and what types of procedures for which it may be utilized.
1. What Is Laser Dentistry?
As we mentioned, a laser is an instrument that delivers light. This intense beam of energy vaporizes or modifies gum tissue. Lasers can be used to correct a variety of dental issues that were previously only treatable with blades and sutures.
At Smile Hilliard, we are committed to using the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available. That is precisely why we have invested in the Pioneer Elite Diode Soft Tissue Laser. The diode laser is the least invasive instrument we can use in many dental treatments, but one that is still incredibly effective in fixing a variety of ailments.
2. What Is Laser Dentistry Used For?
Laser dentistry has a number of applications. We use laser therapy for:
- Gum Recontouring – If you are not in love with your smile, uneven gums may be the reason. Gum recontouring can revitalize your smile by reshaping the pattern of your gum line, giving it the appearance you have always wanted.
- Cold Sores/Fever Blisters – These common mouth sores can be painlessly treated with lasers, decreasing healing time and eliminating pain.
- Frenum Release – This is a muscle attachment in the mouth that hinders movement. With lasers, we can remove this muscle attachment, which will restore full movement. This procedure decreases the risk of gum recession and aids in orthodontic treatment.
- Gum Disease Treatment – Gum disease—also known as periodontal disease—is a chronic inflammatory disease that is caused by a bacterial infection. With periodontal disease, “pockets” form around the teeth that provide a space for bacteria to live. Lasers can decrease inflammation and the depth of these pockets as well as reduce bacteria and speed up healing.
- Biostimulation – Lasers can increase blood flow and circulation to an area. With biostimulation, we can use lasers to stimulate anti-inflammatory properties, promoting wound healing and decreasing inflammation. This treatment will result in less pain for our patients.
- Root Canals – We use a laser to treat infection in root canals, which cleans the root more thoroughly than traditional treatments.
3. What Are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
There are several advantages to laser dentistry, including:
- Less pain, and in some instances, reducing the need for anesthesia
- Minimal bleeding and swelling of gums during laser treatments
- Reduction in healing time over traditional therapies
- More precise gum tissue sculpting than other methods
4. How Can Laser Therapy Help Me?
If fear has caused you to put off major dental work, laser therapy may be the ideal solution for you. Most patients find that laser therapy makes intimidating dental procedures much easier, and they appreciate the rapid healing time too.
To learn more, schedule your appointment with us by clicking here or calling 614.328.9489. We are located in Hilliard, northwest of Columbus. Plus, we offer early morning and evening appointments for your convenience!