Though it may sound like a space-age concept, laser dentistry is a safe and relatively common type of dental treatment for patients across the world. Lasers, or “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation,” have been shown to be extremely effective in not only assisting with dental procedures but also in increasing patient comfort during these procedures. A study published in the National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery found that laser dentistry has been helpful in the prevention of cavities, removal of infected gum tissue and lessening of tooth sensitivity. From north Alaska to south Florida laser dentistry has also been shown to improve ease, efficiency, cost and specificity of many dental procedures.
Different Types of Lasers
Depending on the procedure performed by the dentist or technician, particular lasers may be chosen for use. Certain lasers operate at specific frequencies, which can have different relationships to water in the mouth of a patient. Often, lasers for dentistry are classified as either a hard tissue laser or a soft tissue laser. An experienced dentist with training and skills in laser dentistry should know which type of laser to use during procedures.
Different Types of Procedures
Regular dental appointments are considered to be a key part of achieving optimal dental health because they help the dentist establish a relationship with the mouth of the patient. The development of cavities can be stopped through consistent cleaning and the use of laser dentistry to remove hard plaque and deteriorated gum tissue. Lasers have also been shown to be effective in re-mineralizing damaged sections of teeth as well as bleaching stained enamel. For this reason, lasers are often used in cosmetic dental procedures. Dentists can be trained to use certain light frequencies to improve the appearance of teeth, at a minimum pain level. Treatments which were formerly quite painful in the past can now be experienced with more comfort by patients.