Laser Dentistry: a minimally invasive treatment option that provides a scalpel free, suture free, alternative to traditional gum surgery to manage chronic inflammation and correct osseous defects.
About Laser Periodontal Therapy
Dental laser therapy is a minimally invasive dental treatment alternative designed to to treat active periodontal infection and restore gum health.
Lasers may be used in a number of dental procedures, including: teeth whitening; setting restorative materials, such as crowns or fillings; and detecting tooth decay.
What Laser Dentistry can Treat
- Canker sore and cold sore pain
- Root canal infections
- Gum disease.
- Reducing/removing gum inflammation
- Gum reshaping
- Exposing wisdom teeth
- Removing throat tissue that causes sleep apnea
- Regenerating damaged nerves
- Removing benign oral tumours
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
- Patients are less likely to require sutures
- Anesthesia may not be necessary
- The laser will sterilize the gums, making infection less likely
- Less damage to gums shortens the healing time
- Less blood-loss than traditional surgery
Types of Lasers
Hard Tissue Lasers
These lasers are primarily used for teeth. The wavelength of these lasers cuts through the calcium phosphate that’s in your bones and teeth. These lasers can very accurately cut into your teeth, removing small amounts for shaping purposes or in preparation for procedures. Hard tissue lasers are used for:
- Detecting cavities
- Dealing with tooth sensitivity
- Preparing teeth for dental fillings
Soft Tissue Lasers
These lasers use a light wavelength that absorb hemoglobin and water easily. Hemoglobin is the molecule found in blood, which makes soft tissue lasers ideal for gum work. Some soft tissue lasers are diode lasers, also known as a continuous wave laser.
These lasers are ideal for cutting into soft tissue and sealing the exposed blood vessels at the same time. Soft tissue lasers are great for cosmetic procedures because they yield instantaneous results. Soft tissue lasers are used for:
- Lengthening crowns
- Dealing with restricted tongue movement
- Reshaping the gums to create a more pleasing smile
- Removing folds in oral soft tissues caused by dentures