A variety of lasers are now the main-stay of dental treatment. Almost every aspect of dental care can be enhanced with adjuvant laser therapy. The Advantages include
- Painless, bloodless procedures and surgery
- Local anesthesia injections can be avoided in most cases
- No stitches required
- Reduced need for post-operative antibiotics and painkillers
- Reduced post-operative swelling and discomfort
- Quicker recovery
Few Important Applications of Lasers in Dentistry
Reducing sensitivity of teeth (Laser desensitizing) : When multiple teeth are sensitive due to gum recession or excess enamel wear, dental laser can significantly reduce the sensitivity.
Laser Bleaching : Tooth whitening done with lasers, leads to lesser sensitivity when compared to the conventional method. Leads to lesser post-operative sensitivity.
Cavity Preparations : Done by laser avoid the use of a drill; hence laser root canal treatment eliminate the sound and vibrations. Have reduced post-operative sensitivity.
Growth Removal : Painless removal of small growths in the mouth.
Laser de-pigmentation : Lightening of dark gums.
Laser frenectomy : To remove frenal attachment between the lip and teeth.
Laser Curettage : Conservative Treatment of Infected Gums.
Laser Gingivectomy : Reduction of Excess Gums/Gummy smile treatment.
Treatment of Apthous Ulcer : Reducing Pain in an ulcer by disinfecting it and coating it with laser root canal treatment.
Laser Assisted Root Canals : Highest levels of sterilization in a root canal are achieved with lasers.
Treatment of white lesions : Early lesions can be removed using lasers(pre-cancer treatment).
Laser Uncovery of Implants : Painless, Bloodless technique used to uncover an implant for impressions.
Treatment of Diseased/Infected Implants : Implant failure can be avoided if implant infections are treated early.
Pediatric Dentistry : Painless procedures for children.