Laser dentistry uses dental lasers to perform procedures on the teeth and gums by delivering energy in a tiny, powerful beam of light.
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Dental lasers can help dentists perform normally painful procedures, often without giving the patient general anesthesia or local painkiller. There is no pain and very little discomfort for the patient, which means an easier recovery.
The WaterLase combines water, air and laser energy for safe use in the mouth.
Dental lasers are particularly good for patients who are allergic to anesthesia or very sensitive to pain. Laser dentistry is great for young children, who are often afraid of needles.
Lasers are also used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for a filling. This technology can also strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth.
Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures, reducing the chances for gum disease.
Lasers are also used to remove a small piece of tissue that can be examined for cancer, to get rid of lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.
Lasers are also great for speeding up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution is applied to the tooth and then the laser acts as a heat source to speed up the teeth whitening process.
There are some limitations with laser dentistry. Lasers can’t be used on teeth with fillings already in place, to fill cavities located between teeth and large cavities that need to be prepared for a crown. Lasers cannot be used to remove defective crowns or silver fillings, or prepare teeth for bridges.
Not all dentists have dental lasers because the equipment is expensive, but patients often rave about laser dentistry because it is fast and much less painful than traditional drills. Most dentists believe that laser dentistry is the way of the future because it has so many benefits.
If you’re interested in laser dentistry, then please call (626) 431-2654 and schedule an appointment with our Pasadena dentist, Dr. Sona Asatryan, who can tell you how dental lasers can help your situation.