Dental technology has come a long way in recent years. At Laser Dental Bakersfield, we are proud to offer this modern technology that offers a more gentle approach to dental procedures. Laser dentistry helps make dental procedures less invasive, more comfortable and have faster healing. It can be a great option for patients that have a fear of the dentist as well as patients that want the convenience of faster healing.
Understanding Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry or 'light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation' uses laser light to change hard and soft tissues within the mouth. This means treating both tooth structures as well as soft tissues, such as the gums. With laser dentistry, we can often reduce the need for anesthesia and drilling, both of which are common reasons for dental phobia.
Ways We Use Laser Dentistry
We use laser dentistry for many of the following dental issues:
The laser light works as a cutting instrument, cutting through the hard or soft tissue (tooth or gums) to remove bacteria, tumors, or reshape an area. We can use lasers to cut gums, remove gum tissue, treat cold sores or ulcers, or remove infected gum tissue to promote the growth of fresh, healthy gum tissue.
Laser lights can also effectively cut through hard surfaces, including teeth. Aside from removing decay, laser lights can prepare a tooth for a root canal or roughen up a tooth to prepare it for bonding. In the case of teeth whitening, the laser light works as the necessary heat to enhance the effectiveness of whitening agents.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry is less invasive and less painful in many cases. Without the need for sutures or drills, there is less for patients to fear, allowing even the most fearful dental patient to get the necessary dental work completed. Laser dentistry also helps promote faster healing times because there is less 'trauma' to the gums and teeth. With less cutting, lasers may also reduce the risk of infection and allow the soft tissues to grow back faster.
How Does it Feel?
As we mentioned above, laser dentistry is less painful for most patients. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, we may administer small amounts of anesthesia, but typically, less than we would administer for traditional dental procedures. Once we start using the lasers, you won't feel any vibrations or pressure, as you would normally feel with dental procedures that require drilling or cutting. Many patients experience very little bleeding, and the recovery time is typically less because there is less inflammation and a lower likelihood of infection.
It is important to see a dentist that has extensive experience using laser dentistry. While there are minimal side effects when done right, you want a dentist that understands the correct wavelengths and power to ensure proper care of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth.
If you would like to learn more about laser dentistry, call Laser Dental Bakersfield at (661) 241-9144 for your consultation appointment today.