All About Laser Dentistry

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Laser assisted dental surgery is more precise and produces less pain and bleeding and a faster recovery time than standard cut and stitch surgery and could help allay the fears of the most dental phobic-patients.

Lasers were introduced into dentistry in the 1960’s with the aim of allowing a more precise form of dental surgery with less pain and bleeding than traditional surgery. Instead of using sharp instruments or drills, the orthodontists beam of intense laser light can cut into gum tissue effortlessly, seal wounds quickly and reduce bleeding so that the patient can get better faster with minimal disruption to their daily schedule.

What Can Laser Dentistry Treat?

Lasers are used for a variety of conditions:

Biopsies – Samples of tissue can be extracted to test for oral cancers.

Mouth Ulcer and Lesion Removal – Mouth ulcers and other lesions can be removed to reduce discomfort.

Fillings – Laser treatment can be used during a filling to remove decayed tooth and help prepare the tooth for a filling. The procedure is generally less painful than a dental drill. Lasers can only be used on white or composite filling and not on silver mercury fillings.

Gum Removal – Lasers can be used to remove gum tissue in the case of a compacted wisdom tooth. Red and swollen gum tissue can also be removed and gums can be reshaped if the person has gingivitis or receding gums.

Teeth Whitening – Lasers are now used in single visit dental appointments for teeth whitening. After the bleach is applied, it is activated to lighten the shade of the teeth with a laser beam.

Is Dental Anesthetic Required?

Whether or not anesthetic is required depends on the procedure being done. In some cases, fillings and other minor surgeries may be completed without the use of anesthetic – a relief for the needle-phobic patient.

To find a laser dentist in Leesburg, call or see the website for a personal consultation.