5 Reasons to Try Laser Dentistry
Dental technology has come a long way over the years. Perhaps some of the greatest improvements to dentistry was the development of dental sedation and anesthetics, both of which made dental procedures much easier on patients. Even today, dental technology continues to evolve with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of care and the comfort of patients.
One example of a recent technological development was the introduction of the dental laser. Since its initial introduction in 1989, dental lasers have begun to become a staple in many dental offices across the country. But, what is so great about dental lasers and how does it affect you, the patient? Here are five reasons why you should try laser dentistry:
Laser Dentistry is Comfortable
While dental sedation and dental anesthetics are important parts of some dental procedures, they are not always needed when undergoing treatment with dental lasers. In fact, many patients are able to comfortably forgo these options. How is that even possible you may ask. Well, dental lasers use a concentrated light beam that can accomplish multiple things at once. For starters, it can reshape or remove tissue. At the same time, dental lasers are also able to seal the wound and the nerve endings within it. Once the nerve endings have been sealed, this decreases the body’s ability to process painful sensations.
Laser Dentistry is Relaxing
Dental lasers can be used instead of a dental drill when treating dental cavities. This means there is no whirring or grinding noises. Dental lasers are much quieter as they work. Since the sound of the dental drill is a main source of anxiety for many, eliminating it can make dental treatment more relaxing than ever.
Laser Dentistry is Clean
As mentioned before, dental lasers are able to seal the would as they work. When used for dental procedures affecting the soft tissues, this means less bleeding because the wound is immediately cauterized and the blood clots soon after. Once the blood clots, the wound has a protective barrier to protect it from external bacteria.
Laser Dentistry Has a Faster Recovery
In addition to reducing pain and bleeding at the treatment site, the immediate sealing of the wound also speeds up the body’s natural healing process. Simply stated, laser dentistry results in faster recovery time.
Laser Dentistry Has Better Treatment Outcomes
The light beam used by dental lasers are not only beneficial during treatment, but afterwards as well. During treatment, dental lasers use light and heat for tissue sterilization, a precise treatment location, and less bleeding. These three things result in better treatment outcomes with a reduced risk of complications following laser dentistry.
Overall, you should try laser dentistry because it is comfortable, relaxing, clean, has a faster recovery, and has better treatment outcomes. Laser dentistry is especially helpful for those with dental anxiety because they make dental appointments go much smoother. Even if you don’t have dental anxiety, why wouldn’t you want to try a dental technique with so many benefits? Next time you visit your dentist, ask them about laser dentistry.
Dr. Jaskaren Randhawa developed her clinical expertise in advanced restorative, cosmetic, endodontic, and surgical dentistry, and in treating phobic patients. She is an Invisalign and laser certified provider and is trained in placing implants and treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. She engages in ongoing continuing education courses and study clubs to stay up to date with the latest cutting edge dental technology. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the New York County Dental Society.