Laser dentistry has revolutionized dentistry. Procedures that were once done with a noisy drill or an invasive scalpel are now able to be done using a concentrated beam of light no thicker than just a few human hairs. Using lasers in dentistry has provided some rather significant benefits. At Tim Perry, DDS, we are highly trained and experienced in using this technology, helping to provide you with the quality of care that you deserve.
Reduced Need for Anesthesia
Local anesthetics are used often provided to ensure patient comfort during many different procedures, including filling cavities, performing scaling and root planing to treat gum disease, or performing other treatments that could cause significant discomfort. While a laser may not be able to eliminate the need for a local anesthetic for all procedures, it can reduce the amount you need. There are also some situations in which it may not be needed at all, such as preparing a small cavity for a composite filling. This means that your procedure times are shorter, as you do not have to wait for anesthetics to take effect.
Significant Reduction in Tissue Trauma
Lasers are very accurate. This allows us to target better only the tissue that needs to be treated. In cases where soft tissue needs to be removed, we can remove only the necessary tissue, leaving more of your healthy tissue intact. Moreover, because lasers are so accurate, there is significantly less tissue trauma. This means that the amount of pain and swelling you experience after your treatment is also greatly reduced, which can be a great relief for many patients.
Reduced Risk of Infections
Dental lasers cauterize soft tissues as they work, helping clots to form. Not only does this mean that you end up experiencing less bleeding both during and after your treatment, but it also greatly reduces your risk for infections. By sealing blood vessels, the laser helps to keep bacteria from getting into the wounds.
Shorter Recovery Periods Following Treatment
A significant amount of your recovery is due to dealing with post-procedural pain and swelling. As previously mentioned, dental lasers help to reduce these issues, as well as help to reduce bleeding. Because these issues are reduced, your recovery time after treatment is also greatly reduced. This means that you can back to your normal daily life that much faster.
Can Make Dental Treatments Easier for Patients with Anxiety
Many people deal with dental anxiety. This anxiety is often brought on because of a fear of pain and the sounds of dental drills. With the introduction of dental lasers, you have much less pain and significantly less bleeding. Moreover, if the laser is being used in place of a drill, you do not have the same sounds. There is no loud whirring noise causing you to tense up and have trouble sitting still. Thanks to the dental laser, many patients who have previously avoided undergoing certain dental treatments can get the care they need without feeling fearful or anxious.
While dental lasers offer many significant advantages and can be used in many situations, they cannot be used in every situation. For more information, and to find out if your dental procedure can be done using a laser, call Tim Perry, DDS at (318) 516-1700 today.