My name is Angela Loza, I am your Hygienist at Gregory Lane Family and Implant Dentistry. I completed the Advanced Laser training course and received my Level I Soft Tissue Surgical & Periodontal Applications in 2017. Here at Gregory Lane, we have incorporated the use of lasers into our daily treatments provided to patients. The following information gives you a bit of knowledge about lasers.
HOW DO LASERS WORK IN DENTISTRY?
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with.
They sterilize the pockets surrounding the teeth and therefore are an antimicrobial therapy Laser are becoming the golden standard in dentistry today. Dental hygienists commonly use lasers, for sulcular debridement, reduction of subgingival bacterial loads, Non-surgical soft tissue management, reduction of inflammation and hemostasis control.
USE OF LASER IN DENTISTRY:
Laser light disinfects the pits and grooves to prevent contamination, which help the success of the sealant.
Comfortable scaling and root planing
Laser light helps decontaminate periodontal pockets, reducing the number of harmful pathogens and removing diseased tissue. Removing necrotic surfaces on roots provides better surface for reattachment of tissues.
Aphthous ulcer treatment
Rapid wound healing and anti-inflammatory effects are achieved with biostimulation. The laser tip doesn’t comes in direct contact with the target tissue which means more comfort to the patient. Pain relief is occurs immediately and wounds heal almost overnight.
Cold sore treatment
Like aphthous ulcers, cold sores are a painful affliction. Diode lasers can help these unsightly lesions heal rapidly.
Laser root desensitization
Helps to reduce or eliminate root sensitivity.
Comfortable gingival curretage
Lasers are indicated for new patient sulcular debridement and periodontal maintenance patients. Lasers are more comfortable and can reduce patient anxiety.
Reduction of bacteria.
When laser is completed in conjunction with Scaling and root planning the tissues are cauterized, which promotes the regeneration of the gum tissues.
BENEFITS OF LASER DENTISTRY
Dentists choose laser dentistry because of distinct benefits that make the procedures go more smoothly, and also reduce discomfort and healing time for patients.
- Patients are less likely to require sutures
- Anesthesia may not be necessary
- The laser will sterilize the gums, making infection less likely
- Less damage to gums shortens the healing time
- Patients lose less blood than traditional surgery
Whether you’re having laser gum surgery or hard tissue work, expect an easier procedure and a shorter recovery time. Laser dentistry is a convenient solution to many oral and dental problem. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry the next time you need dental work completed.
Angela Loza, R.D.H.