Lasers are transforming the way patients experience dental surgery in a number of different areas. Lasers are intense beams of light that are used to cut tissue, remove bacteria and even clean an area in preparation for surgery or restoration.
One of the biggest benefits of using lasers is that it makes the procedure more comfortable. Dental surgery is a much shorter procedure and allows for less discomfort, decreased irritation, faster recovery, and a reduced number of follow up visits.
Another excellent benefit is the reduced need for anesthesia. Since there will be less pain, the need to use large amounts of anesthesia is greatly reduced. The patient can leave the procedure and not have to worry about their entire mouth being numb for a long period of time as they continue with their day.
Bleeding is a necessary part of most dental procedures. When a dental laser is used, the blood vessels in these soft tissue areas are actually sealed or cauterized due to the heat of light. This results in much less bleeding and also speeds up the recovery time.
Lasers also have an important role in gum therapy associated with periodontal disease. Laser Bacterial Reduction is used to reduce the number of bacteria under the gum, prevent cross contamination from one periodontal site to another and also reduces the risk of periodontal abscesses due to scaling and root planning (deep cleaning). The hygienist simply activates the laser under the tissue between the teeth and in just a few minutes the procedure is completed. It is an extremely conservative method in gum therapy, eliminating the need for expensive subgingival medicaments in most cases. The result of LBR is reduced bacteria in the periodontal site, therefore reducing bleeding and inflammation for an overall healthier mouth.
Another important role of the soft tissue laser is Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy. Performed by the dentist, the laser is again placed under the gum between the teeth and essentially removes the diseased tissue from the periodontal site. This procedure is effective in removing bacteria and decreasing inflammation in areas that are slower to respond to LBR.
Many patients feel anxious or nervous from the moment they enter a dental office. Lasers eliminate the need for using scalpels and drills in most cases so this may eliminate anxiety in the anxious patient. Moreover, with these gentler laser procedures, patients may be more inclined to seek the important dental treatment they need.