Laser dental treatments are carried out using a concentrated beam of light, which can be used to sterilise areas of infection in the mouth, treat gum disease, reduce gummy smiles, depigmentation of gums, replace the need for drilling to remove decayed parts of the teeth, and for tooth whitening.
What can laser do?
There are several areas of dentistry in which lasers can be used. These include:
Laser treatment for gum disease
Research suggests that using lasers as an adjunct to scaling and root planning (srp) may improve the effectiveness of this procedure. In addition, when lasers are used properly during periodontal therapy, the patient experiences less bleeding, less swelling and lesser discomfort during surgery. Each laser has different wavelengths and power levels that are appropriate and safe for different periodontal procedures.
Repairing gummy smiles
Excess gum tissue can make your gums very prominent when you smile or can make your teeth look uneven in shape or size. Laser treatment can reduce the amount of gum tissue to improve your smile. The precision of the laser means your results will be very even and accurate.
Sterilisation during root canals
When a tooth has a complex root canal system, lasers can be used to aid the sterilisation process. Parts of the root that are difficult to access with traditional treatment can be sterilised using the laser, improving the chances of a successful treatment.
Lasers can be used for tooth whitening to make your smile brighter. A special gel is applied to the teeth and the laser is then used on it to activate it. The procedure takes an hour.Advantages of laser dentistry