In dentistry, lasers are a relatively new addition to the tools used to treat patients, especially those worried about surgeries or who have had bad dental experiences in the past. Our office in Saratoga Springs, UT, is proud to include the Solea dental laser in our treatment plans.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is the latest in dental technology. It is an advanced technology that has been developed to address the unique needs of patients without the need for scalpels or drills. It is a revolutionary way to address worn or decayed teeth, cavities, and gum disease that address the problem in a gentle, quick manner.
A laser, or intense beam of light, targets damaged tissues or decayed areas of teeth and is able to address the concerns without traditional dental tools. This gives the dentist an incredible amount of control during procedures—better control results in better patient outcomes.
What Procedures Use a Laser?
Laser dentistry can be used in a number of various procedures. Most commonly, those include:
- Root canal therapy
- Treating gum disease
- Removing gum inflammation
- Exposing wisdom teeth
- Preparing teeth for fillings
Laser dentistry can also be used for cosmetic treatments such as:
- Teeth whitening
- Gum contouring
What are the Benefits?
Laser dentistry offers patients a number of benefits. When lasers are used to treat cavities or root canals, there is much less need for traditional dental drills. For many patients, this can help with anxiety, especially if they had a bad experience in the past. When used for other procedures that typically involve cutting, the patient experiences less bleeding, and sutures are needed less frequently. The lasers also work to sterilize the gums reducing the likelihood of infections.
Since only damaged or decaying tissue is affected, anesthetics are not needed as often. The patient experiences less pain than with other methods due to the numbing nature of the laser. Also, the patient can usually go right back to their day after their procedures, without a fat lip or a numb face. Finally, lasers cause less damage to the surrounding tissues or healthy teeth. Less damage results in faster healing times for patients
Laser dentistry has become a popular treatment option for many people in the United States. With its popularity rising, more and more people are asking about laser dentistry. Contact our Saratoga Springs, UT office today to learn how laser dentistry can be included in your treatment plan.