Believe it or not, Albert Einstein introduced the concept of laser technology. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that laser usage, in the field of dentistry, was becoming much more refined and began to really emerge. Interestingly, only about 6% of dentists utilize laser techniques, however, you will find an increasing number of dental offices using lasers, as the technology continues to improve and as its cost decreases.
The laser is the instrument that produces an extremely narrow, intense beam of light energy; and it is this intense energy beam that can do everything from shape teeth and gums to detect cavities that are unseen by the naked eye!
What Are Some Benefits of Laser Technology?
The following includes only a partial list of how laser treatments work hand in hand with a variety of dental procedures:
* reduces pain associated with canker and cold sores
* more quickly and more precisely removes decayed tissue or tissue for analysis
* reshapes teeth, gum and bone material
* removes and treats infections
* speeds-up teeth whitening
* minimizes bleeding
* eliminates the need for anesthesia for some procedures
* speeds the healing time for wounds
Laser procedures can, also, help patients feel less anxious since a traditional dental drill, in some cases, isn’t necessary. Eventually, dental lasers could make it possible to access any part of a tooth, thereby, replacing the drill, all together.
Are There Different Types of Dental Lasers?
There are specific dental procedures that lend themselves, beautifully, to laser technology; and this is where hard tissue and soft tissue lasers are utilized.
* Hard Tissue Lasers possess a wavelength that is very absorbable by water and “calcium phosphate salt” found in bone and teeth. Because of this absorbable property, hard tissue lasers can cut into bone and teeth with absolute precision.
* Soft Tissue Lasers have a wavelength that is impressively absorbable by water and a specific protein in red blood cells. Thanks to this absorbable characteristic, soft tissue is more easily managed. In addition, blood vessels and nerve endings are sealed which results in a virtually painless outcome, not to mention quicker healing time.
It’s important to note that laser technology does not take the place of every traditional dental instrument or procedure. Perhaps there may come a time when traditional dental methods become a thing of the past. In the meantime, laser technology remains an innovative and precise science that blends in, very effectively and efficiently, with traditional dental methods.