Have you heard of laser dentistry? If you have, then maybe you have some questions.
If you haven’t, then we’re here to tell you that it’s one of the best things that’s happened since sliced bread.
Laser dentistry allows for otherwise painful and prolonged operations to be accomplished painlessly and more quickly than traditional dentistry.
Dental lasers are tools that replace the traditional drills used in dentistry. The benefits of laser dentistry are vast and impact both the dentist and the patient.
You might be wondering how a laser dental tool is useful to you and if it will help you. Let’s take a look at 10 surprising pros of laser dentistry.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
1. Less Painful Procedures
Recent studies have shown that 61 percent of adults have some dental fear or dentophobia. Most often, this fear is associated with the iconic sound of a dental drill and the pain that it often causes. Those dental drills are vibrating the plaque off of your teeth. Laser dentistry vaporizes plaque painlessly and without that scary noise.
Unfortunately, in the past, there hasn’t been technology that allowed dentists to perform procedures that made patients feel comfortable and safe. Even worse, poor oral health has also been linked back to diseases such as heart failure and lung infections.
2. No Novocain Required
Another major thing associated with the fear of dentistry is Novocain. Traditionally Novocain has been used to numb different parts of your mouth during a dentist visit. Novocain is never a pleasant experience because no-one likes having their mouth numbed. What’s even worse is the extremely unpleasant taste of Novocain and, at times, the way it stays in your mouth for hours.
We don’t have to say anymore. No more Novocain is a blessing!
3. Lower Chance of Bacterial Infection
A laser, like the ones used in dentist offices, are concentrated beams of radioactive light. Because the light is so focused, it can burn into teeth or gums. While this may seem somewhat “SIFI,” it’s not in any way and is very safe.
The reason that there’s a lower chance of bacterial infection is that the heat from the laser sterilizes the area around the procedure. This wouldn’t otherwise happen if a laser wasn’t used for the procedure.
4. Less Damage to Surrounding Tissues
Laser dental procedures, including teeth cleanings, are incredibly precise. This is part of the reason that you can expect less pain. There is significantly less contact with surrounding tissues and, in turn, much less damage to those tissues. This saves you a lot of pain and leaves your mouth feeling much better.
5. Minimized Bleeding in Soft Tissue Treatments
If you’ve ever had your gums treated, you may have noticed that they tend to bleed a lot. Another advantage of using lasers is that they promote blood clotting. Because of this, you’ll have less bleeding and, in turn, a better experience.
6. Decreased Need for Sutures
For the same reasons that there would be less bleeding, there may be less of a need for sutures. Sutures can be a painful and annoying experience. Having less of a need for them because of using laser procedures is a huge benefit that saves time, money, and pain.
7. Wounds Can Heal Faster, Possible Tissue Regeneration
Lasers can cause tissues to grow faster. Meaning faster recovery and possibly less scaring. Sometimes the re-growth of tissue wouldn’t happen at all if a laser wasn’t used.
8. Less Swelling
Some operations can leave your gums very swollen and agitated. With the use of lasers, swelling is minimized, and at times patients report no pain and no feeling of swelling at all.
9. Safe For Patients With Pacemakers or Orthodontic Devices
Some patients who have pacemakers are unable to have certain types of surgery because of the chance that tools used in the operation would interfere with the pacemaker. This makes laser dentistry the perfect option for patients with this.
Another great thing is that laser treatments can be provided while the patient has different types of orthodontics devices in place. This makes it extremely useful for anyone that might have a problem while also undergoing orthodontic treatments.
10. Comfort For Those With Sensitive Teeth
A lot of people have sensitive teeth, and some experience it so severely that they struggle to brush their teeth. We’ve mentioned the benefit of using laser dentistry to reduce pain for average patients, but it works exceptionally well for those with sensitive teeth.
If you don’t know, sensitive teeth can be fixed and can be prevented as well. By using healthy oral hygiene practices along with the help of a professional, you can experience relief for your sensitive teeth.
What Type Of Operations Can Be Performed
Initially, laser dentistry focused more on performing operations to help fight gum disease and other soft tissue problems such as cold sores. Today lasers are used on hard tissue, teeth, for cleaning as well as many other operations.
It seems as though the possibilities of lasers are endless, and the technology is always developing and getting better. At Wayzata Dental, we’ve been using these lasers to perform operations since 2015. We’ve had a great experience with them, and our customers are always satisfied with the ease of their visits.
If laser dentistry has you interested and you’d like to learn more or schedule an appointment, reach out to us today!