What is Laser Dentistry?
In this line of dentistry, lasers are used in a variety of dental procedures to either remove or alter oral tissue.
The Different Types of Lasers
Soft Tissue Lasers
Lasers are commonly used in dental procedures that involve the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the gums. They are able to remove gum tissue in procedures, such as when removing the infected lining of the gum in a patient that has advanced gum disease, or to remove excess gum tissue for aesthetic purposes.
Hard Tissue Lasers
These lasers are used to cut into the harder structures of the mouth, such as the teeth. Hard lasers can remove tooth decay and prepare the tooth for a filling or a root canal.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Soft laser treatments can reduce bleeding during and after a dental surgical procedure. They are also known to cause less discomfort, reduce the need for anesthesia, and reduce swelling. In patients who have advanced gum disease (periodontal disease), laser treatment can support the regeneration of healthy gum tissue.
Hard laser treatment also reduces the need for anesthesia in a dental procedure, and reduces the chance of overheating teeth and their nerve tissue.
Procedures Involving Laser Dentistry
Lasers may be used in a number of dental procedures, including laser teeth whitening, setting crowns or fillings and other restorative materials, as well as detecting and treating tooth decay and gum disease.
Before considering any type of dental laser treatment, speak to us at Herriman Family Dentistry to determine if laser treatment is right for you.