Lasers have been used in other medical fields for many years and have revolutionized many treatments, notably eye surgery and hair removal. This proven technology is now an established aspect of modern dentistry, and is widely used in Europe and the USA, Laser dentistry has been practiced for more than 12 years, and recent advances have enhanced the considerable benefits for patients.
The benefits for patients include:
- Less discomfort during and after treatments
- Preservation of natural, healthy teeth whilst targeting decay
- Fewer visits
- Protects teeth against further decay
- Less need for needles and drills
- Reduced treatment time
Laser dentistry can offer:
- Needle and drill-free fillings in most cases
- One-hour superior teeth whitening with better results than conventional systems
- Effective treatments for sensitive teeth
- Root canal and gum disease treatments
- Laser treatments for many other dental procedures
How does it work?
A wide variety of lasers are used in dentistry. Different lasers are used for different dental applications and these are chosen according to the way in which the particular laser interacts with the tissue in the mouth.
When the laser is applied to the target area, the laser energy is absorbed. Depending on the treatment, the effect may be to sterilise the area, or to remove decay, or even to make the teeth less sensitive. When used on soft tissue, lasers promote faster healing.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are lasers safe?
Yes! Lasers have been widely used in dentistry and other medical fields for many years, and are considered completely safe when used properly. They are fully approved by the government for use in dentistry. Your dentist is an accredited laser user and is specifically trained in laser safety and laser dentistry. Your dentist can answer any questions you have about laser safety.
What will it feel like while being treated with the laser?
Most patients feel nothing during laser treatments. Some patients report a slight sensation, but this varies from patient to patient. Your dentist will ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the laser treatment.
Will I need needles for laser treatments?
In most cases, needles are not required during laser treatments. In some instances a needle will be necessary, but this depends on the type of procedure being performed, the type of laser used, and the individual patient.
Who is suitable for laser dentistry?
Almost all dental patients can receive the benefits of laser dentistry. It is especially ideal for children.
Your dentist can tell you which laser treatments can benefit you.
How will my visit to the dentist be different with lasers?
Apart from the main benefits of laser dentistry – less time in the chair, fewer visits, fewer needles, less discomfort – your visit will be much the same as before.
Depending on the type of laser being used, there will be a quiet beep or ticking sound when the laser is operating. You might feel a water spray or air spray – much the same as a normal visit.
There will be some additional safety precautions taken during your visit. Both you and your dentist will wear protective eye wear during laser treatments.