Dental lasers are advanced tools used in dentistry for various procedures. They utilize focused beams of light to perform precise and minimally invasive treatments. Here are some key aspects of dental lasers:
Types of Dental Lasers: Different types of lasers are used in dentistry, including erbium lasers and diode lasers. Diode lasers are commonly used for soft tissue procedures; such as gum contouring or periodontal treatment.
Soft Tissue Procedures: Dental lasers are often used for gum-related treatments. They can be employed for procedures like gum reshaping, crown lengthening, gum pocket disinfection, and gum inflammation reduction. Laser therapy in soft tissue procedures can provide precise control, reduce bleeding, and promote faster healing and anti- microbial and kills targeted microbes.
Benefits of Dental Lasers: Laser dentistry offers several advantages. It can minimize the need for anesthesia, as the laser’s energy can often provide pain relief. Lasers are precise, allowing for targeted treatment without affecting surrounding healthy tissues. They also minimize bleeding during procedures, reduce the risk of infection, and can result in faster healing and reduced post-operative discomfort.
Common Applications: Dental lasers have a wide range of applications, including but not limited to:
- Gum disease treatment (periodontal therapy)
- Gum reshaping (gingivoplasty)
- Removal of excess gum tissue (gingivectomy)
- Crown lengthening
- Cold sore and canker sore treatment
- Biopsies of oral tissues
- Tooth decay removal and cavity preparation
- Teeth whitening
- TMJ pain relief