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Have you heard of laser dentistry and wondered what it’s all about? Maybe you suffer from dental anxiety, or you’ve simply asked yourself if it’s possible to have a virtually pain-free dental experience. If these thoughts have crossed your mind, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s answer your most common questions about this advanced dental technology.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive dental procedure that uses lasers, or light energy, to treat a variety of oral health conditions. Lasers can be used to remove decay, whiten teeth, treat gum disease, and perform other dental procedures and surgeries.
How does laser dentistry work?
Lasers work by emitting a highly concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by the targeted tissue. The absorbed light energy is converted into heat, which causes the desired effects on the teeth or gums, depending on the intensity of the laser used. This process is much more precise and less damaging than traditional dental procedures, such as drilling.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
There are many benefits to laser dentistry, including:
- Less Pain: One of the main attractions of laser dentistry is the reduced discomfort during procedures.
- No Anesthetic: Because lasers can be virtually pain-free, many procedures can be performed without pain control methods such as numbing or laughing gas.
- Reduced Bleeding: Lasers can cauterize blood vessels, which can reduce bleeding during and after treatment.
- Preservation of Healthy Tissue: Another benefit of laser precision is that more healthy tissue is preserved when removing decay.
- Faster Healing: Lasers are more targeted and precise, meaning faster healing of the treated area.
- Reduced Risk of Infection: Lasers are completely sterile, which can reduce the risk of infection.
Is Laser Dentistry Safe?
Safety is a top concern for us all when it comes to dental procedures. Laser dentistry has been around for decades. And when performed by a trained practitioner, laser dentistry is as safe as any other dental procedure.
What are the risks of laser dentistry?
The risks of laser dentistry are generally minor and are generally the same as those associated with traditional dental procedures. These include:
- Temporary swelling and redness
How much does laser dentistry cost?
The cost of laser dentistry varies depending on the type of procedure and your location. However, laser dentistry can sometimes be more expensive than traditional dental procedures. Check with your dentist and your dental insurance company to see whether your treatment is covered.
Is laser dentistry painful?
Laser dentistry is generally less painful than traditional dental procedures, but some discomfort is possible. This will often depend on the type of procedure being performed. We may use local anesthesia to numb the area before treatment.
What is the recovery time for laser dentistry?
The recovery time for laser dentistry is generally shorter than the recovery time for traditional dental procedures. Most patients can resume their normal activities right away or within a few days.
What should I expect at my laser dentistry appointment?
At your laser dentistry appointment, we will discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have, much like any other appointment. During treatment, you may be surprised by how quiet the laser is, unlike the noise of traditional equipment.
Is laser dentistry right for me?
Laser dentistry may be right for you if you are looking for a minimally invasive dental procedure with a shorter recovery time.
Laser dentistry could transform your dental care experience. It’s an innovative approach that’s turning the tables on traditional dentistry. If you are interested in learning more about laser dentistry, schedule an appointment with our office.