4 Important Uses for Lasers in Dentistry
Fear of visiting the dentist is one of the most common reasons why Americans who haven’t been to the dentist in the last 12 months don’t go, according to an American Dental Association poll.
The use of lasers in more dental procedures might help embolden this fearful population segment, once they learn of laser’s ability to provide conservative treatments that are virtually painless and don’t require cutting and suturing.
A variety of studies have credited lasers with the power to reduce pain, improve wound healing, relieve muscle tension and regenerate nerves.
Following are several dental procedures being performed with lasers.
Laser Root Planing, Pocket Sterilization, and Wound Healing with LANAP
LANAP – which stands for laser assisted new attachment procedure – is a painless procedure that enables us to detoxify your mouth, including the root surfaces of your teeth, by removing the bacterial infection related to periodontal disease. We use several passes of a laser, which removes harmful toxins and encourages tissue regeneration.
LANAP also has consistently demonstrated the ability to reduce microorganisms in periodontal pockets, according to the American Dental Association. This is key in getting periodontal disease under control.
The use of lasers in dentistry also promotes faster tissue repair and wound-healing, according to Dentistry IQ. They achieve this by increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, which help improve the success rates of procedures, and helps decrease the pain patients may experience after their dental treatment. They also stimulate the neutralization of harmful oral bacteria.
Root Canal Detoxification
Lasers are instrumental in providing more effective root canal therapy than conventional methods. Lasers can be used to clean the damaged area of the root canal and remove bacteria. Then the space is filled with medicated filling materials and a crown is placed to restore form and function to the tooth.
Diagnosis of Caries
The earlier we can detect tooth decay, the more conservative treatment we can provide. A process known as laser fluorescence has been shown to be a useful detector of caries in its early stage.
We closely follow advancements in the use of lasers in dentistry, and we offer all of the above treatments in our office. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and learn more about how dental procedures using lasers can provide quality treatment that is virtually painless.
Lasers can decontaminate and remove tooth decay so cavities can be filled. A review of several studies also has found that topical fluoride treatments combined with laser treatments can prevent caries by increasing acid resistance in tooth enamel.
The use of lasers in dentistry continues to improve the way we deliver treatment, and increases the chances of people being able to keep their natural teeth healthy for life.