8 Benefits of Laser Dentistry
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word laser? Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker wielding their light sabers? We here at Martin Taylor Dentistry think of one of the most exciting new dental technologies currently available to our patients! Laser dentistry is a futuristic sounding advancement we have offered for over two years in our office and it truly is amazing.
What is Laser Dentistry?
The word laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation- which is just a fancy way to describe an intensely focused beam of light. In dentistry, this beam of light is used to cut away unwanted or unhealthy gum tissue. There are two different kinds of lasers used, one for hard tissue like teeth and bone, and one for soft tissue like gums. At Martin Taylor we use a soft tissue, or diode, laser in place of a surgical knife for many procedures, such as deep cleanings, tissue surgery, to uncover an implant, or in the preparation for crowns.
What are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
- A laser cauterizes as it goes, reducing, if not eliminating, bleeding, and requires no stitches.
- A dental laser disinfects the tissue, killing 99% of the bacteria, which considerably reduces post-procedure infections.
- A laser causes significantly less trauma to the tissue than a surgical knife.
- Using a laser makes the whole area healthier, allowing healthy tissue to reattach.
- Lasers are extremely accurate.
- Lasers significantly speed up healing time
- They are safe and effective.
As a side bonus…
One of the most remarkable uses for lasers in dentistry is the removal of cold sores. For anyone who has ever had a cold sore, you know the horrific pain and discomfort they cause. Not to mention how unsightly they are. Whether on the lips, around or in the mouth, a laser beam immediately removes the pain of cold sores and allows for much faster healing. Drs. Martin and Taylor provide cold sore removal with the laser in their office as a free service to their patients.