What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser use in dental offices has been around since 1994 to treat various dental problems. Laser is a beam of radiated light that affects surfaces that it comes in contact with.
Laser dentistry provides a modern, innovative, and overall more comfortable approach to dental care. The use of laser in dentistry is a safe and effective way to treat dental problems. The use of laser in dentistry ranges from a simple teeth whitening procedure to a more extensive surgical procedure. It offers precision of control when dealing with procedures such as gingivectomy (trimming of the gums) during crown/veneer/bridge preparations or, in some cases, overgrown gums that may cause infection around wisdom teeth. Laser may also be used when taking a specimen for biopsies. In some suitable cases, laser can be used for cavity preparations in fillings and even root canal treatments.
Why use laser?
As aforementioned, laser is used in a procedure called gingivectomy. The traditional way to carry out this procedure is by the use of local anaesthesia and a scalpel, which may cause some bleeding and discomfort. Laser, on the other hand, is more conservative. The laser provides pinpoint control in specific areas of the mouth – similar to drawing. Hand movements are more precise and therefore only the necessary tissue is removed and the need for suture is reduced as it creates less bleeding around the area. In most cases, local anaesthesia is no longer required if laser is used. Moreover, post-operative pain and swelling after the procedure is reduced.
Only trained and qualified professionals are able to use laser in a dental practice. At Maroubra Dental Avenue, you can rest assured that our dentists are qualified in laser dentistry as they attend regular continuing education courses that allow them to treat you in the best way possible.