Laser dentistry is the future of dental treatment. With laser dentistry at Clermont Family Dentistry & Dentures from Dr. Buechele, you can get the dental care you need with less discomfort, and enjoy faster healing and more efficient care. Learn more about laser dentistry now, or contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Buechele.
What is a laser and how does it work?
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue.
Are lasers used in dentistry?
Yes, lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. Lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures and are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments.
What is laser dentistry? How does it work?
Laser dentistry uses a special laser tool, which typically consists of a special fiber-optic tip, through which high-powered laser light is delivered. This light is extremely intense, and vaporizes oral tissue like the gums and enamel on contact, allowing the tissue to be removed or reshaped.
This means that laser tools can be used as a replacement for traditional dental tools like drills and scalpels. Laser dentistry is much more comfortable than these tools and usually offers more precise results.
How are lasers used in dentistry?
Dental lasers can be used to:
- reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
- expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
- remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
- manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
- remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
- perform biopsy procedures.
- remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
- remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
- help treat infections in root canals.
- speed up tooth whitening procedures.
What procedures can be performed with laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry is very versatile as lasers can be used for most treatments that are usually performed by traditional dental tools. Some of the most common laser dentistry treatments include:
- Gum reshaping – If your gums are puffy or you have a “gummy” smile, gum reshaping can be used to remove some of your gum tissue gently and quickly, and expose more of your underlying tooth structure. This provides you with a more even, beautiful smile.
- Gum disease treatment – Dental lasers can be used to clean away plaque and tartar from between the teeth, and also can be used during surgical gum disease treatments like gum grafting and gum flap surgery.
- Tooth decay treatment – Lasers can be used to remove damaged and decayed enamel before a filling or a crown is placed. Since lasers are much more precise than a drill, this often allows Dr. Buechele to preserve more of your natural enamel.
- Biopsies – Lasers allow for pain-free biopsies, which help with the early identification and treatment of oral cancer.
What are the benefits of using dental lasers?
Laser dentistry has a number of great benefits compared to using traditional drills and dental tools.
- No vibration or discomfort – Laser tools vaporize tissue on contact, and do not vibrate or cause pressure or discomfort, which helps provide you with a more comfortable dental treatment.
- Reduced need for numbing, sedation – With laser dentistry, some treatments may not even require the numbing of your mouth, since the laser causes less pain and discomfort.
- No stitches required – The high temperature of the laser “cauterizes” or seals the tissue of your gums and teeth immediately upon contact. This prevents bleeding, and also usually eliminates the need for stitches.
- Enhanced precision – Laser tools are extremely precise, allowing Dr. Buechele to remove less of your oral tissue throughout your treatment, and deliver exceptional results.
Are dental lasers safe?
If the dental laser is used according to accepted practices by a trained practitioner, then it is at least as safe as other dental instruments. However, just as you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun, when your dentist performs a laser procedure, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser.
How can I be sure my dentist is properly trained to use a laser?
Ask your dentist questions about the extent of his or her laser education and training. Make sure that your dentist has participated in educational courses and received training by the manufacturer. Many dental schools, dental associations, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) offer dental laser education. The ALD is the profession’s independent source for current dental laser education and credentialing.
How will I know if treatment with a dental laser is an option for me?
Ask your dentist. Although the laser is a very useful dental instrument, it is not appropriate for every dental procedure.
Laser Gum Shaping
Laser gum shaping and contouring makes use of a specially designed dental laser to correct certain periodontal conditions such as gummy smiles and asymmetrical gum tissues. The procedure has esthetic and functional value. Laser contouring is used as an alternative to the traditional scalpel for treating a gummy smile-line. The patient does not have to endure uncomfortable cutting and suturing. With the use of the laser, there is minimal bleeding and discomfort. The laser vaporizes the excessive gum tissue and seals it. At the same time it kills harmful bacteria thereby reducing the chances of an infection.
Laser gum shaping and contouring can be carried out as a stand-alone procedure or along with another procedure such as dental veneers. The objective is to provide you with a smile that is natural and proportional. In certain cases the tooth root may have to be trimmed to prevent the gum tissue from growing back. Gum re-contouring is also done as a part of the crown-lengthening procedure in which the gum and bone tissue are reshaped so that more of the tooth is exposed. This procedure is carried out for patients with short and worn-out teeth.