What is laser dentistry
When the dentists in Parramatta use a laser it is as an instrument that produces a very intense, but narrow beam of light energy, which, when it comes in contact with tissue causes a reaction. It is the light produced by a laser that can both shape and remove tissues.
Since 1990 lasers have been used in dental clinics around the world, they can be used in conjunction with other dental instruments and are today used for a wide range of procedures.
Today lasers are used for many different reasons, such as:
- Expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Remove overgrown tissue that has been caused by certain medications
- Reduce the discomfort of cold sores
- Perform biopsy or lesion procedures. Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy), so that it can be examined for cancer
- Remove inflamed gum tissue to help with the treatment of gum disease
- Remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement
- Manage gum tissue during crowns, impressions and other procedures
- Help treat root canal infections
- Speed up teeth whitening procedures
- Remove or reshape gum and bone tissue during lengthening procedures.
- Lasers can be used to remove the decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for the filling
- Lasers can be used to reshape gums and remove any bacteria during a root canal procedure
- Lasers can be used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain associated with canker sores
- When used for teeth whitening lasers can actually speed up the tooth whitening process. A peroxide bleaching solution is applied to the tooth surface which is then activated by the laser energy, which speeds up the whitening process.
There are many advantages to using dental lasers and in some cases the dentists in Parramatta won’t need to administer aesthetic or use a drill which allows the patient to *enjoy* a much more relaxed dental experience. Laser dentistry is a lot more precise, and lasers can reduce both healing times and symptoms associated with other traditional therapies. Bleeding is more controlled during surgery and laser dentistry can help reduce the numbers of bacteria in both tooth cavities and in diseased gums.
Dental lasers are as safe as any other dental instruments, however just as you wear sunglasses outside to protect your eyes from the sun your dentist – while they perform the laser procedure will ask you to wear special glasses just to protect your eyes from the laser.
If you have any questions your dentists will be only too happy to answer any and all of your questions. The best way to find out if laser dentistry is the right option for you is to discuss everything with your dentist. Remember though that while the laser is a very useful dental instrument is it is not necessarily appropriate for all and every dental procedure.
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