LASER DENTISTRY (ORAL SURGERY)
There have been some amazing technological developments in the field of dentistry in recent years. The developments have vastly improved the way in which we can treat patients. Laser dentistry is one of these recent developments. It is now being used for a variety of different dental procedures, including periodontal treatment, frenectomies, and more. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, the laser is even being used for oral surgery.
USING LASER TECHNOLOGY
For years, oral surgery has been performed with the use of a scalpel, which is a manual metal tool. It is an extremely effective tool and has its place, but it also has many disadvantages. It causes a significant amount of bleeding during oral surgical procedures. It causes significant tissue trauma as well, which leads to post-surgical pain and swelling.
Today, we use a laser to perform many of the jobs once done by the scalpel. It uses a high-intensity light beam that is approximately the thickness of a human hair. It provides pinpoint accuracy and cuts through oral tissues with ease. The laser is extremely versatile, able to perform the most intricate of work or handle larger jobs such as tumor removal. Thanks to the laser, most of the issues associated with the scalpel (significant bleeding, pain, and swelling) are greatly reduced.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The laser light is the only thing that interacts with your oral tissues. We can adjust the wavelength of the light to perform a variety of tasks, such as making incisions or removing infected tissue. The laser also cauterizes as it cuts, sealing blood vessels and minimizing bleeding. The laser is so precise that it can remove just a few cells at a time. This minimizes tissue trauma, which helps to greatly reduce the amount of pain and swelling you will experience after your surgical procedure.
OTHER USES FOR LASER DENTISTRY
Laser dentistry has several other uses aside from oral surgery. It can help with:
- The treatment of gum disease. In this capacity, the laser is used to remove infected gum tissue, making your teeth more accessible for a thorough scaling and root planing.
- Removing decay from cavities, and preparing the spaces for fillings.
- Preparing your teeth for restorations, such as crowns or veneers.
- Teeth whitening.
BENEFITS OF LASER DENTISTRY
Laser dentistry offers numerous benefits for oral surgery:
- You will experience significantly less bleeding.
- Less tissue trauma means less pain and swelling as you heal.
- The laser offers pinpoint accuracy.
- Lasers can help to stimulate new soft tissue and bone growth.
Many patients fear going to the dentist because they fear the pain associated with certain procedures. Because the laser reduces the amount of pain involved with a surgical procedure, many anxious patients will find treatments more bearable.
IS LASER DENTISTRY SAFE?
Many patients question the safety of laser dentistry. We receive extensive training at National Dental and have significant experience using the laser. Using the laser is just as safe as using any other tool. The laser does emit a bright beam of light, but we will provide you with a pair of specialized glasses to protect your eyes.
With laser dentistry, we can improve the quality of your oral care and help you maintain optimal oral health. For more information, call National Dental Oakland Gardens today at (718) 407-0574!