Laser dentistry involves using lasers to help treat a number of dental problems. Lasers were first introduced in 1994, and since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved laser dentistry as a treatment option for several dental conditions.
At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we use laser dentistry to:
Types of Laser Dentistry
The two main types of lasers used in dentistry are soft tissue lasers and hard tissue lasers. Each of these lasers emits a different wavelength that is suitable for working with specific types of tissues.
Soft Tissue Laser
Soft tissue lasers are used to cut and remove soft tissues of the mouth like gums and the skin of the palate. The most commonly used lasers for this purpose are the carbon dioxide laser, the diode laser and the Nd:YAG laser.
Soft tissue lasers are useful in creating a trough around the gum to increase the visibility of the site which needs to undergo surgery. They are also effective in removing excess gum tissues and mouth sores as well as treating tight muscle attachments like a tight frenulum. These lasers can also treat gum diseases by removing the infected gum tissue and supporting the regeneration of healthy soft tissues.
Laser treatment may also reduce the need for anesthesia and sutures and can result in less bleeding during and after the procedure.
Hard Tissue Laser
Hard tissue lasers are used to cut the bony structures in your mouth, like the teeth. The most commonly-used hard tissue lasers include the Er:YAG laser and the Er, Cr: YSGG laser.
Hard tissue lasers are effective in preparing your teeth for filling, smoothing the walls of the root canal during root canal treatment, and helping to remove decayed bone from the tooth. They can also help in detecting tooth cavities and dealing with tooth sensitivity.
Hard tissue lasers may reduce the use of anesthesia and can prevent the overheating of tooth pulp. However, since the treatment needs to be quite precise, it may extend the treatment time.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Some benefits associated with laser dentistry include:
Limitationsof Laser Dentistry
Some limitations of laser dentistry are listed below:
If you are interested in reaping the benefits of laser dentistry, call us at (425) 738-8476 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Kay and today.