Laser Dentistry is one of the new cutting edge technologies in dental care!

What is Laser Dentistry?

Lasers are beams of light that can be used to change or remove tissue in small amounts.

Laser dentistry is becoming one of the most popular forms of dental treatments because in most cases it requires no drilling or needles for numbing.

It mainly involves laser beams that are used during the different dental procedures, for example, overgrown tissue, reshaping of gums or whitening of teeth.

Laser technology can reduce treatment time and soreness that you would normally feel during and after a procedure.

What dental issues can Laser Dentistry treat?

Below are a few of many issues that Laser Dentistry can treat.

Tooth decay – Laser treatment can help remove tooth decay from a tooth during a root canal procedure.

Gum disease – Laser treatment can help cut away infected or inflamed gum tissue without much interference of the healthy tissues.

Impacted wisdom teeth – Lasers expose wisdom teeth by cutting away gum tissues that are stuck inside the gum or partly developed.

Discoloured teeth – Lasers can be used in ‘In-office teeth whitening treatment’ to activate the bleaching agent, as well as, speed up the whitening process.

Gum reshaping – lasers can be used for the reshaping of gums to even out an uneven gum line.

Laser treatment can also be used to regenerate damaged nerves.

What are the different types of Lasers?

There are two main types of lasers that dentists use during laser procedures. These are called the hard tissue and soft tissue lasers.

Hard Tissue Lasers

A hard tissue laser is used mainly for your teeth. This laser has a wavelength that can cut through water and bone. It can cut into your teeth very precisely while removing small amounts of the tooth for shaping or preparing it for a procedure.

Soft Tissue Lasers

The soft tissue laser is good for cutting into soft tissue and closing exposed blood vessels at the same time, therefore, there will be very little bleeding during laser dentistry. Healing time is much faster during laser treatment compared to other treatments.

Here are some of the benefits of Laser Dentistry

  • It can reduce scarring of surrounding tissues.
  • It can reduce the risk of infections.
  • It can reduce discomfort and anxiety.
  • It may not require Anaesthesia.
  • It may not require needles or drills.
  • Treatment and recovery time is short.
  • Minimum bleeding and swelling during the procedure with very little scarring of tissues.
  • Laser dentistry can reduce the risk of infections.
  • Shortened treatment duration and recovery time.

Are there any side effects?

There are very rare cases of side-effects, such as, carbonisation, cracking and melting of tooth roots that have been acknowledged.

If you require any further information on Laser Dentistry or would like to book an appointment, please contact us at Murwillumbah Dental.