Learn About Laser Dentistry!
Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics is always looking for new ways to help our patients, especially when it comes to the latest dental technology. We use laser dentistry in our practice to treat a number of oral health issues as well as for our in-office tooth whitening procedures.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Lasers deliver energy in the form of light. They can be used in dentistry to:
- Cut or remove tissue during dental surgery
- Eliminate decayed parts of the tooth during restoration
- Harden a dental filling after it is placed
- Activate or enhance tooth bleaching
- Perform tissue biopsies to check for oral cancer
In some cases, lasers can replace drills to perform dental procedures. Since they do not make any loud noises, the use of lasers can result in decreased anxiety for patients who are afraid of dental drills. They can also reduce or even eliminate the need for shots (local anesthesia).
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry is a versatile technology that can be used for long or short periods of time, depending on the dental procedure being performed. Other benefits include:
- Reduced need for local anesthesia
- Minimized bleeding of tissues during procedures
- Better control of swelling, with most patients experiencing little to none
- No loud drilling noises (dental lasers are completely silent)
- Improved preservation of healthy parts of the tooth during cavity treatment
- Faster and more effective tooth bleaching
In fact, when lasers are used to remove tooth decay on an otherwise healthy tooth, some patients will not need any anesthesia at all.
Is Laser Dentistry For Everyone?
Laser dentistry cannot be used for every type of dental procedure. Dental lasers are not appropriate for:
- Teeth that already have fillings
- Large cavities that require a crown
- Cavities that are located between the teeth
- Old fillings that need to be removed and repaired
- Teeth that are being prepared for a dental bridge
Sometimes a drill will still be needed to shape and adjust the filling after a laser is used to remove all tooth decay. Only your dentist can determine whether or not a laser is suitable for your dental procedure.