Lasers allow many dental procedures to be performed with no noise and very little pain. They are versatile tools that can be used in oral surgery, curing of restorative materials, and removal of hard and soft tissue. Other benefits of laser dentistry over traditional methods can include:
- Reduced heat and vibration
- High precision
- Little or no need for anesthetic
- Little or no bleeding
- Faster treatment time
- Increased rate of curing/bleaching
- Less post-operative pain and swelling
- Fewer pain medications/antibiotics
Many patients find that laser dentistry is far more comfortable than traditional methods using drills. The only noise comes from air as it cools the area being treated. Laser technology also allows several procedures to be performed during a single appointment by your own dentist, so you can be in and out of the office faster.
In dentistry, diode lasers are useful for a number of soft tissue procedures. They are able to reshape the gums to create better symmetry in the smile and to cut back on excess gum tissue, exposing more of the healthy tooth for a more attractive smile. They treat lesions, ulcers and benign soft-tissue growths and remove areas of tooth decay. They have recently been shown to eliminate pockets of infected tissue in the gums. This can be an enormous benefit in halting the progress of gum disease as well as preventing it from occurring.
In addition to their periodontal applications, diode lasers are highly effective in numerous endodontic treatments. For example, they aid in the uncovering of dental implants, the retraction of tissue for impression-taking, and pulpotomies. They can also be used to reduce tooth sensitivity.
Diode lasers have proven to be extremely safe and valuable tools in dental surgery for the cutting and removal of soft tissue, since they provide accurate and bloodless incisions, reduce pain during and after the procedure, reduce surgical risks such as infection, and offer patients a faster recovery than traditional methods.