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Dentist Journal

Laser Dentistry – What You Need to Know

Laser dentistry has risen in popularity over the last decade or so, despite being developed way back in 1989. Most people don’t know much about this newly popular technique, so here’s a quick guide to get you up to speed on everything you need to know about laser dentistry. 

What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry is a type of dentistry that uses lasers to undertake a range of procedures. Lasers offer a minimally invasive alternative, when applicable, to more traditional approaches (like drilling) for a variety of procedures from root canals to wisdom teeth removal.

Laser dentistry is a slow process, using the laser to take away one layer of cells away at a time. This process is called ablation. Dentists are able to continue removing layers as they need to but only a single layer can be removed at one time, making the process a bit tedious.

What types of lasers can be used in dentistry?

Dentists use two types of lasers for dental procedures: Thermal and Erbium YAG. Many procedures require the use of one or the other, but sometimes a procedure will require a combination of both lasers.

  • Thermal laser

The thermal laser is known as a soft tissue laser and is used to remove bacteria through heating tissue. The thermal laser is used for ablation (that is, removing the top layer of cells) and can treat gum infection.

  • Erbium YAG

While the Erbium YAG laser also removes the top layer of cells, it works slightly differently to the thermal laser. It is often referred to as a hard tissue laser and can actually cut teeth and bone.

What is Laser Dentistry used for?

Laser dentistry can be used for a range of procedures, including the treatment of:

What are the advantages of Laser Dentistry?

There are a number of benefits associated with dental industry, thus the rise in its popularity.

  • Quicker healing

A less invasive procedure means a shorter recovery period. Laser dentistry does not cause as much damage to the tissue and therefore it is easier to recover from these procedures than more traditional approaches.

  • Less pain

Laser dentistry is a lot less painful than something like drilling and doesn’t even require anesthetic. In fact, the laser itself can numb the tooth and surrounding area meaning less discomfort for the patient.

  • Improved preservation

Laser, being a slower process, tends to be precise and only addresses the damaged tissue. More of the healthy tooth will be left behind than with other procedures.

What are the disadvantages of Laser Dentistry?

  • Higher Cost

A laser is more expensive than a drill and therefore the procedure is more expensive than traditional dentistry methods. Be prepared to pay more for laser dentistry.

  • Increased procedure time

The laser works more slowly than a drill or scalpel, meaning the overall procedure time will be increased.

Is Laser Dentistry dangerous?

Laser dentistry is extremely safe. Dental lasers are designed to react to different types of tissue, so you don’t have to worry about your Dentist accidentally getting your gum instead of your tooth. The laser will only target the type of tissue it has been designed for. Offering the latest advanced in oral health, why not speak to our Parramatta dentist at one of the leading Parramatta dental clinics and find out how we can improve your smile.

Speak to our friendly team today on 1300 315 540 and find out how we can help you.

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