Laser Dentistry: A Guide for New Patients

Technological advancements have revolutionized the way dentists now perform different treatments. People are now more aware of different procedures and would like to be treated without having worrying about the pain and the post-procedural complications. New and enhanced equipment has replaced conventional dental tools and the dental community is moving towards a brighter future.



What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry pertains to the use of lasers to treat a wide range of oral diseases. When compared to drills and other non-laser instruments, laser dentistry could provide a more painless therapy alternative for a myriad of endodontic treatments requiring the removal of soft or hard gum tissue adjoining the teeth. The laser serves as a slicing tool or a diffuser of tissue when employed for dental or medical surgeries. The laser functions as a source of heat and enhance the effectiveness of tooth whitening chemicals when used in teeth cleaning procedures.


Lasers, which are very intense light rays, can be used by physicians to repair or eradicate minuscule quantities of tissue. A wide range of products and technologies are produced with lasers. Laser hair removal systems, eye surgery procedures, and hair restoration therapies all incorporate them and achieve great results.


Procedures Involving Laser Dentistry

Gingivectomy

This procedure involves the removal of soft tissue that has suffered the impact of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a dental disease that causes the gums and soft tissue surrounding the teeth to become sore and inflamed. A dentist will use a laser device to treat this problem and reduce the swelling on the gums.

Frenectomy

Sometimes overgrowth of soft tissue can cause the teeth to space out. This dental problem can be treated using a procedure known as a frenectomy. This procedure is usually performed by an orthodontist and involves the use of a laser device. Laser frenectomy is also used for babies who have a tongue-tie or who have an overgrowth of soft tissue gum.

Gingival Hyperplasia

Poor oral health and side effects of certain medications can lead to an overgrowth of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth. This condition is known as gingival hyperplasia. It can lead to other serious problems such as misalignment and gingivitis if left untreated. In this scenario, a periodontist will use a laser probe to remove the enlarged gum tissue and then treat the plaque buildup around the teeth.

Pericoronitis

Swelling and enlargement of tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth are known as pericoronitis. This condition can be extremely painful if left untreated and can make people unable to concentrate on other tasks. A dentist will first treat the patient with oral antibiotics and will clean the debris and food deposits in the area. They will then use a laser to remove the tissue overgrowth so that pressure can be released in the area so that the tooth can erupt properly.


It is recommended that you book a dental appointment every six months so that you can maintain your oral health. At Waterfront Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of services for our clients such as pediatric dentistry, dental emergencies, and teeth whitening treatments.

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