If the loud screeching of a drill is keeping you away from the dentist, then you are in luck. Dental technology has come a long way, and new techniques, such as laser dentistry, have been introduced and approved by the USFDA to be used as a regular treatment. At Cascade Dental Care, our doctors, Dr. Mark Teigen and Dr. Trimble, highly recommend the procedure as it does not require any drilling into the tooth or gums and is a relatively quick process.
Knowing More About Preventive Dentistry
Of course, before you meet the doctor, there are some things that you should know about laser dentistry. The use of lasers to treat a variety of dental diseases is known as laser dentistry. In clinical dentistry practice, it started to be utilized commercially in 1989 for operations requiring tooth tissue. In case you were wondering, "light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation" is referred to as LASER. The device produces an extremely concentrated and focused beam of light energy. When this laser light strikes tissue, a response occurs that enables the tissue to be removed or shaped.
Laser Dentistry Procedure
You might be surprised to learn that the procedure for laser dentistry is fairly similar to other dental treatments, including tooth fillings, when you go to your appointment. Although it might not be as much as you're used to, you receive anesthetic. Some individuals who struggle with anxiety could also be given a sedative. You won't experience any vibrations or pain from the laser during the process as you do from the drill. The dentist will use the laser while keeping your mouth propped open.
Types of Lasers Used
Both soft tissue lasers and hard tissue lasers are frequently employed during laser treatments. Both of these lasers have different wavelengths that are suitable for particular tissues or the correct cutting. Different tissues absorb different wavelengths of light, which is why there are several types of lasers. Water and hemoglobin can easily absorb soft tissue lasers' wavelengths. These lasers are great at cutting into soft tissues and sealing the punctured blood vessels, as implied by their name. They are mostly employed to address restricted tongue mobility, extend crowns for aesthetic reasons, and reshape gums. Teeth are generally made of hard tissues. These lasers' wavelengths can pierce both water and bone. They remove a very small number of teeth to restructure the tooth or prepare it for later surgeries. They mostly deal with tooth sensitivity, cavity identification, and tooth preparation for dental fillings.
If you've ever undergone gum surgery without the use of a laser, you may anticipate that your recovery after laser dentistry will go more smoothly. You shouldn't anticipate significant bleeding at the surgical site when you go home because a laser produces far less bleeding than a scalpel. In contrast to a scalpel surgery, you won't have an open, bleeding incision. You should still strictly adhere to cleaning and care guidelines, but your risk of contracting an illness is reduced. Additionally, because your post-operative irritation is most likely to be modest, you won't normally suffer the discomfort related to scalpel surgery.
At Cascade Dental Care, our dental specialists will provide you with the best advice and consultation if you're looking to get laser surgery or another dental treatment. Call us at 360-916-4200 to book your appointment.