Laser dentistry has many benefits, and the technology has evolved to become exceptionally precise over the last several years. Dentists who utilize this equipment can treat various conditions with high precision, allowing for minimal impact on the surrounding healthy tissues. At Ash & Rowan Family Dentistry, the laser can be used to remove bacteria from the surface of the teeth to encourage healthier gum tissues around the implants. Unlike traditional dentistry, laser dentistry is less invasive and results in less bleeding, swelling, and pain after the procedure.
Another benefit of laser dentistry is less risk of damage to the surrounding teeth and gums during the procedure. Lasers also seal up blood vessels in the gums to reduce bleeding and keep patients more comfortable than having their teeth drilled out and filled. Patients also leave the dentist’s office sooner and can enjoy a healthier smile more quickly than they would with traditional dentistry.
Laser Dentistry vs. Traditional Dentistry
Traditional dentistry typically involves drilling and filling out cavities, often with unsightly metal fillings that need to be replaced periodically. Laser dentistry removes tooth decay using laser energy meaning less damage to the surrounding tooth enamel, gums, and other oral tissues. A restoration is then placed over the area to seal out bacteria and prevent further decay or damage to teeth. In most cases, no numbing is required unless a patient requests it. This virtually painless process results from precise laser technology that lets dentists remove tooth decay without harming the tissue surrounding the site. The precision and accuracy of lasers also make for more accurate results regarding restorations such as crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and implants.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Minimal Bleeding and Pain
When lasers are used to correct or fill a cavity, the laser removes the decay without causing any harm to the surrounding soft tissues. This means less bleeding and pain as well. If you’re nervous about going to the dentist, you’ll be surprised at how pain-free your treatment will be! A numbing gel is placed on your mouth before the procedure begins, so you won’t feel a thing while the laser removes decay from your tooth. Your dentist may also use topical anesthetics to help block pain signals to your brain during every step of your procedure.
Reduced Risk of Infection
Because the laser is so precise, there is less risk of it touching other areas of the tooth or gums and causing damage to those structures. Traditional instruments such as drills can cause microfractures in the enamel that can become infected if left untreated. It’s much easier for bacteria to enter the tooth through a microfracture than through the actual opening where the filling will be placed.
If you need dental care and want to learn about laser dentistry options, contact Ash & Rowan Family Dentistry at 5528 N Ash St, Spokane, WA 99205, or call (509) 325-1886 to schedule an appointment.