In dentistry, lasers have many uses. They can be used as hard tissue cutting instruments, to remove small amounts of soft tissue, and even to reshape the gums. At First Smile Family Dental, lasers can also be used for teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures. Laser dentistry refers to the use of laser technology in various dental procedures. Dental lasers deliver focused beams of light energy that can be used for different purposes, including soft tissue treatments and hard tissue procedures. This technology offers several advantages over traditional dental techniques, such as reduced pain, minimal bleeding, and faster healing times.
Common Applications of Laser Dentistry
Lasers can be used to remove decayed portions of the tooth and prepare the tooth for dental fillings. The laser can precisely target and remove the decay while preserving healthy tooth structure.
Gum Contouring and Reshaping
Lasers can be used to reshape and contour the gum tissue. This can be helpful in cases of a "gummy smile" or an uneven gum line. The laser can remove excess gum tissue or reshape the gum line to improve the smile's appearance.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Lasers can remove infected gum tissue and bacteria during periodontal treatment. The laser energy can target and remove diseased tissue while promoting gum tissue regeneration.
Soft Tissue Procedure
Lasers can be used for various soft tissue procedures, such as removing oral lesions, treating canker sores, or performing a frenectomy (removing a frenulum, a small tissue fold that can cause speech or feeding difficulties).
Laser-assisted teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure where a laser is used to activate a whitening gel applied to the teeth. The laser helps accelerate the whitening process, resulting in brighter teeth.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry is often associated with less pain and discomfort than traditional dental techniques. The laser energy can gently remove or reshape tissue with minimal trauma to the surrounding area. In some cases, this can reduce the need for anesthesia and make the dental experience more comfortable for patients.
Reduced Bleeding and Swelling
Laser energy has a cauterizing effect, which helps to seal blood vessels and minimize bleeding during dental procedures. This can be particularly advantageous for soft tissue treatments, such as gum surgeries or biopsies. Additionally, laser dentistry often leads to less post-operative swelling, discomfort, and a reduced need for sutures.
Faster Healing and Recovery
Laser dentistry promotes accelerated healing compared to traditional methods. The laser energy stimulates cell regeneration and promotes healthy tissue growth, which can lead to quicker healing times after dental procedures. The reduced trauma to the treated area can also result in less discomfort and a faster return to normal activities for patients.
If you want to learn more about laser dentistry and how it can benefit your smile, visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323.