What Can You Treat With Laser Dentistry?

9 January 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Laser dentistry is one of the newest forms of dental treatment techniques, and it's applicable in many areas. Here are some of the things that laser dentistry can help:

Treating Oral Lesions

There are laser beams that can cut through or even vaporize oral tissues. Such lasers can be used to vaporize affected tissues in the mouth to get rid of oral lesions. They can also be used in biopsy; in this case, the laser beam is used to cut a small piece of the affected tissues so that it can be examined in the laboratory to diagnose the disease.

Desensitizing the Teeth

You may also be a candidate for laser dentistry if your teeth are hypersensitive. Dental hypersensitivity is a condition that makes you feel discomfort or pain on your teeth under different stimuli such as wind, high and low temperatures. In this case, the laser is used to seal the openings on your teeth that allow different substances to reach the sensitive part of your tooth.

Orthodontic Preparation

Teeth usually undergo different preparations before they are fitted with orthodontists. For example, the orthodontist may remove some of the existing defects or trim away some of the tissues so that the orthodontic can fit better. Laser dentistry can also help here; the laser power can be used to trim away the unwanted tissues.

Gum Contouring

Gum contouring is the process of reshaping or sculpting the gum tissues – mostly for cosmetic purposes. For example, if your gums cover up too much of your teeth, you may trim them down so that at least some of your teeth can show when you smile. It has already been established that laser can cut through oral tissues so it makes sense that it can be used to trim gum tissues.

Cavity Detection

Dental cavity doesn't always show through the tooth, at least not in its infancy. This is unfortunate because the earlier a cavity is detected the easier it will be to treat. Fortunately, laser dentistry can also help with early cavity detection.  Low-intensity laser that can penetrate the tooth without damaging it is used to read the different layers of the teeth so that it can be analyzed for cavities.

Teeth Whitening

Lastly, laser dentistry can also help in teeth whitening. The main ingredient in dental bleaching products is hydrogen peroxide. Laser increases the reactivity of the peroxide, thereby acting as a catalyst for the bleaching process.

Contact a clinic, like Milner Dentistry, for more help.