Laser dentistry

18 Jan 2024

Laser dentistry

Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many, if not all dental procedures. They have been introduced in dentistry in the 1990s.

All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.

There are several advantages to using lasers compared to the traditional dental drills.

  • Some procedures when performed with a dental laser do not require the use of an anaesthetic injection, hence it allows for a more relaxed dental experience for the patient.
  • May eliminate the use of stitches in some cases
  • Healing of the tissue is painless, quick and more predictable
  • Less treatment time required
  • Less bleeding during a surgical procedure.

Since this is a state of the art technology, treatment done through lasers is more expensive compared to traditional methods. If you are more of an apprehensive patient, ask us today if dental lasers can be used to complete your treatment.