Laser dentistry is the virtually pain free solution to treating dental conditions!
Laser dentistry is an approved oral treatment in the field of dentistry that can be used to treat many dental conditions with very minimal use of a dental drill.
Laser dentistry can help many patients who avoid going to the dentist (no matter how bad their oral condition is) because they dread the sound of a dental drill.
Lasers involve beams of light used to change or remove tissue in small amounts.
Types of lasers
In the field of dentistry, there are two types of laser dentistry. This includes:
- Hard tissue lasers
- Soft tissue lasers
These lasers each use a different wavelength. Each wavelength is responsible for cutting into its own specific type of tissue.
Below are a few of many dental problems that hard tissue lasers can treat:
- Cavity detection
- Dental fillings
- Tooth sensitivity
Below are a few of many dental problems that soft tissue lasers can treat:
- Gum reshaping
- Gum surgery
- Muscle attachment
Dental problems that can be treated using Laser Dentistry
- Tooth decay – During dental treatment, lasers could be used to cut and shape tooth enamel when preparing a tooth for a filling. It could also help bond a filling to a tooth or remove tooth decay during root canal therapy.
- Gum disease – Laser could help cut away diseased or inflamed gum tissue with the least effect on healthy tissue. It also assists in exposing the roots of the teeth to help remove plaque. Lasers help cut away the gum tissue of a wisdom tooth that has stopped growing and is stuck in the gum in order to extract it.
- Sensitive teeth – The tubules in the root of a tooth can be closed using dental lasers. This will help to reduce the tooth’s sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) – These low-level lasers assists in reducing pain found in the TMD and the tissues that surround it.
- Stained or discoloured teeth – During the teeth whitening process, which is done at the dentist, lasers can be used to activate the bleaching agent and speed up the process of teeth whitening.
- Gummy smile – Our dentist at Byron Family Dental may recommend using laser dentistry if you would like to change the appearance of your smile. The lasers can help reshape your gum line and remove excess gum tissue to reveal more of the teeth.
- Mouth ulcers – Laser dentistry can be used to reduce the pain caused by a mouth ulcer.
What are the advantages of dental laser treatment
- Laser dentistry can shorten the amount of time taken to perform a dental procedure.
- With laser dentistry the recovery time is also shortened.
- Laser dentistry can help reduce the amount of bleeding and swelling experienced during a dental surgery or procedure.
- The amount of scarring that occurs around the surrounding tissues can be reduced with laser dentistry.
- Laser dentistry could also reduce the risk of infections.
- It can help minimise the feeling of discomfort and anxiety.
- It can also reduce risk of damage to the gums that could be caused during a dental procedure.
- Laser dentistry requires minimal use of needles during a dental procedure.
What are the disadvantages of dental laser treatment
- Teeth which have fillings that already exists will not be able to undergo dental laser treatment.
- In some cases hard lasers may cause damage to tooth pulp.
- Anaesthesia is still required for some laser treatments.
- In some cases there may be a drill required to complete certain dental treatments.
- Laser treatments are unable to prepare teeth for bridges.
- Laser treatment is also unable to remove crowns and silver fillings.
Laser Dentistry in Byron Bay
Would you like to find out more about our Laser dental treatments? Contact us at Byron Family Dental for further information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Laser dentistry refers to a type of oral treatment in which a number of dental conditions can be treated with very minimal use of a dental drill. During the treatment, your dentist will make use of special lasers that involve beams of light that can change or remove tissue in small amounts. The lasers use different wavelengths to cut hard or soft tissues in the mouth. Laser dentistry is particularly helpful in cases where patients are afraid of the dental drill, as it often minimises feelings of discomfort and anxiety.
Yes, there are a number of benefits to undergoing laser dentistry. This form of oral treatment can shorten the amount of time that is required to perform a dental procedure, and the recovery time is generally much quicker as well. There is generally less bleeding and swelling caused by laser dentistry when compared to traditional methods, and the amount of scarring that occurs around the surrounding tissues is generally reduced. Because laser dentistry requires minimal use of needles and drills, patients often feel less anxious about undergoing the treatment.
There are a number of dental problems that can be treated by means of laser dentistry. The method can be used to cut and shape tooth enamel when preparing a tooth for a filling, and can also help to bond a filling to a tooth or remove tooth decay during a root canal procedure. Laser dentistry can also be used to remove inflamed gum tissue; reduce tooth sensitivity; and ease pain in the TMD and surrounding tissues. Lasers are often used to activate the bleaching agent used in a whitening treatment, and can also be used to reshape gums to enhance the appearance of one’s smile.