Laser dentistry techniques have been around since 1994 and have been used by many Family Dentists. It has been successfully used to treat many dental problems. These techniques have been used worldwide by many dentists. They have also received FAD approval. Even though the ADA is a little skeptical about approving Laser dentistry, they still acknowledge it’s potential. The lasers used in dentistry are very different from the cold lasers used in phototherapy. Phototherapy lasers are tuned to a different frequency and mostly used to treat headache, swelling, and pain.
In the field of dentistry, laser dentistry techniques are often used to effectively treat tooth decay, diseases of the gums, removing lesions, and bleaching teeth. In cases of tooth decay, lasers remove the damaged portion that has formed on the tooth and also to prepares that surrounding area for filling. The second step of the procedure uses lasers to cure the filling.
When treating gum disease with Laser dentistry techniques, the lasers reshape the gums and aid in removing any bacteria that can form when a root canal is being performed. Lasers that are used in lesion removal procedures, assist in removing small pieces of tissues. These are later sent to the lab to be examined for cancer.
Laser dentistry techniques are also used in bleaching of the teeth. During teeth whitening procedures, peroxide solution is used on the teeth. The lasers are then used to activate the solution and speed up the beaching.
There are many advantages for dentist to adapt to laser dentistry procedures. When you compare the use of lasers to the usual drill methods, the lasers are, known to cause very little pain and which means that the need to use anesthesia during a dental procedure is limited. Lasers used in dental procedures are, also known to reduce any anxiety that a patient might undergo during a dental procedure. The one thing that most patients love about in lasers used in dental procedures is that there is minimal bleeding and swelling after the procedure and the health of the tooth is, preserved when a cavity is, removed. Laser dentistry techniques have completely revolutionized the way, how both a family dentist and patients perceive dentistry.