Lasers first made their appearance in dentistry more than 20 years ago, and their dental uses and benefits have continued to grow. Thanks to the precision and intensity of laser beams, dental lasers work well for many procedures, improve comfort, and reduce recovery time. Here is a look at the advantages of this technology and how it is used.
The accuracy of lasers allows them to treat areas with precision without damaging surrounding healthy tissues. Thanks to the energy contained by a laser beam, lasers also can actually close wounds during treatment, minimizing bleeding and eliminating the need for sutures. This also means that tissue regeneration happens more quickly and bacterial infections are less likely to occur. Finally, the lack of damage during laser treatment can reduce the need for anesthesia or even render it unnecessary.
Laser Dentistry Northridge
Our cosmetic dentist in Northridge may use lasers for treatments involving hard tissues, such as the teeth, or soft tissues, such as the gums. Lasers work well for detecting cavities and killing the bacteria before fillings are placed. Gum reshaping, for both lengthening and shortening the gums, can also be achieved with lasers. Lasers are also used for fast teeth whitening, benign tumor removal, and treatment of TMJ and sleep apnea.
Lasers bring many benefits to patients, but this technology is best received from a dentist trained to use them. Patients can schedule a consultation at our office to find out how our dentist uses lasers for diagnosis and treatment.
Our office is equipped with Diode Laser, which allows us to perform laser gum treatment and gum recontouring without using a blade. There’s less pain, less bleeding, and the laser can kill many of the bacteria in the area. We also use the Diode Laser for Bacterial Reduction in patients with periodontal diseases.