A laser is a high-technology device that generates a beam of concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth to help your dentist remove areas of infection with great precision and accuracy. The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection and bleeding.

Patients undergoing laser dentistry find it much more comfortable both during and after treatment than traditional treatment. That's because in many instances, the need for anaesthetic injections in eliminated - and that means less time spent in the dental chair!

Other Benefits Include:

  • Faster healing
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Decreased sensitivity
  • Less time in the dental chair
  • Less bleeding
  • Less post-operative pain with no stitches needed

 

Cavity Detection

The Diagnodent uses a small laser to help us diagnose decay earlier then ever before. Many teeth have grooves on the chewing surface that gather stain. In the past it was impossible to tell if dark areas on the chewing surface were decay, or merely stain that was penetrating into the grooves. The laser tip of the Diagnodent produces a digital readout quantifying the amount of decay which is present.

The value of diagnosing decay early cannot be overestimated. With early detection, treatment can be less invasive and more comfortable then ever before. In most cases, early diagnosis of decay on the chewing surface of a tooth allows us to repair the decay without anaesthetic or drills.

 

Questions & Answers

Are lasers new to dental surgery?

Shortly after the invention of lasers in the early 1960s, lasers were used experimentally on teeth and gums. Recent technological developments have made it possible for lasers to be used effectively in your dental surgery.

 

Are lasers dangerous?

In the hands of a skilled, specially trained dentist, lasers are quite safe. In fact, the only safety measure necessary during laser treatment is proper protective eyewear. Dental lasers are low powered, which is essential for treating the delicate tissues of the mouth. In addition, the controlled heat and light of the laser destroys many bacteria and viruses found in the mouth which means lower infection risk.

 

What types of Procedures can the laser do?

There are many different types of lasers used in dentistry, and their applications vary. The most common use of lasers is to recountour gums, heal mouth ulcers and treat gum infections.