A Closer Look at Laser Dentistry

Posted on: March 27, 2018

As technology continues to advance in every industry, so does it continue to advance in dentistry. New strategies and tooling get implemented frequently to better help dentists deliver a more comfortable, effective experience to their patients.

Wait, did you say laser? — You might be asking.

Let’s define what a laser is real quick, because some people have intense preconceived notions about how a laser works.  A laser produces a narrow and intense beam of light energy to a treatment area.

When a laser comes into contact with your gum tissue, it will cause a reaction, which allows a dentist to remove or shape gum tissue.

How long have lasers been used in dentistry?

Longer than you might think. Since 1990, actually. Lasers are inherently precise, so it’s a safe and effective treatment to pursue. We use it for a wide range of dental procedures. We use lasers in conjunction with other instruments to achieve a desirable aesthetic.

Other uses include:
  • Treating cold and canker sores
  • Reducing discomfort from mouth sores / lesions
  • Removing gum tissue affected by periodontitis
  • Removing overgrown tissues and tissue that inhibits movement
  • To further expose partially-erupted wisdom teeth
  • Biopsy procedures
  • Root canal infection treatment
  • Teeth whitening procedure enhancement
  • Composite bonding
  • And more

There are two kinds of lasers used in dentistry, each distinct in its absorbability by hemoglobin, hydroxyapatite, and water.

The hard tissue laser is used used for precisely cutting teeth and bone structure, and also for lengthening or diminishing crowns. They’re often used for shaping or prepping teeth when composite bonding is on the agenda.

The soft tissue laser is used for gum tissue, but it is also used for periodontal treatment. Soft tissue lasers will actually activate tissue regrowth and kill bacteria in the process.

How You Stand to Benefit from Laser Dentistry

You might think that a laser would make the process more painful, but it actually makes a standard dental procedure less severe. By using a laser, we’re able to minimize bleeding. High-energy lasers aid with clotting and coagulation when blood vessels are exposed. You’ll also experience less damage to surrounding tissues and structures in your mouth, due to the laser’s precision.

Another benefit is that laser dentistry minimizes your chance of bacterial infection.

Where to go if You’re Considering Laser Dentistry in Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a dentist near you who deeply understands the nuances of laser dentistry, Mid Wilshire Dentistry would love your consideration. Contact Dr. Laska today at (213) 550-2357 to schedule your next consultation. Together, we’ll help you achieve a smile that wins.