Laser dentistry includes the use of lasers to treat several different dental conditions. It is used in various procedures such as treating hypersensitivity, tooth decay, gum diseases, and teeth whitening. Laser dental cleaning, also known as periodontal laser therapy, has become a popular method to treat gum diseases. It employs laser technology to remove the infected tissue along the gum line and paves the way for an intense cleaning process.
What are the benefits of laser dental cleaning?
Laser Periodontal Cleanings are slightly costlier than traditional periodontal cleanings, but the additional expenditure is usually worth considering the numerous benefits it has over the other periodontal cleaning methods. The significant benefits of laser dental cleaning are as follows:
- Periodontal laser cleaning procedures offer a more comfortable experience for the patient.
- There is minimal bleeding and swelling after the process is completed, as most periodontal laser therapies are less invasive than regular surgery.
- The patients don’t experience any dental anxiety before the beginning of the procedure.
- There is minimal bleeding in people with gum diseases.
- It is very effective during the removal of infected tissues.
- In laser treatments, the recovery and healing periods are much faster and are of shorter duration.
- There won’t be a requirement for general anesthesia, as it is sometimes required for other dental surgery procedures.
- Lasers can target the diseased areas precisely and accurately.
What is involved in the Laser Periodontal Therapy procedure?
Laser therapy is not a separate treatment but works in combination with other traditional therapies. In periodontal laser therapy, the dentist uses a laser to access and extract the inflamed gum tissue near the tooth’s root region. The tartar and plaque build-up is removed beneath and around the gum line. With the help of a dental tool, any rough spots on the tooth’s surface and below the gum line are smoothened out. The removal of these rough spots will lessen the chance of your teeth and gums attracting more bacteria and any other infections.
The mouth will need time to heal and regenerate after a laser treatment. The gums should be free of infection during the healing period and coil back around the tooth. Laser treatments can be performed only by qualified specialists as they have a perfect understanding of how to use different wavelengths.
What are the types of lasers used?
There are two types of laser used: hard tissue or soft tissue lasers based on the type of treatment required. The hard tissue lasers can cut through a tooth structure as their wavelengths get absorbed through a combination of water and mineral present in the teeth. These lasers are used to shape teeth for composite bondings, repair worn-out dental fillings, and remove a part of a tooth structure. The soft tissue lasers can be absorbed through water and hemoglobin and are primarily used to treat periodontitis, including the destruction of bacteria and stimulating tissue regrowth.
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