What is Laser?
Laser is a device that produces very intense and narrow light beam of electromagnetic energy. It is one of the most important inventions of the 20th century.
Lasers are used in a wide range of technologies and products, from space exploration to household items. In medicine, lasers have helped to advance ophthalmology, dermatology, surgery and dentistry.
How is Laser used in dentistry?
Lasers in dentistry have been used since 1990s. But not many offices use dental laser because it requires expensive equipment and extensive training.
Dr. Rossinski’s office invests heavily in new technologies and uses Fotona Dual Laser. Fotona consists of two types of laser, hard tissue and soft tissue lasers. Each laser uses different wavelenght for working with specific type of tissue.
Here are dental procedures laser can be used for:
Tooth decay Laser is used to remove decay and prepare the tooth for the filling. Laser is the most precise way to fix the cavity. Doctors don’t have to remove as much of the healthy tooth as they do while using dental drill.
Fillings Laser is used for dental fillings and is capable of killing bacteria located in the cavity.That leads to longer life for tooth restorations. Filling area is commonly smaller due to the use of laser.
Root canal has many invisible micro canals inside. Root canal often fails because not all the bacteria is removed from those hard to reach places. Laser is the only way to remove diseased tissues from the tooth completely.
Biopsy Laser is used to remove suspicious area of the soft tissue. Laser is more precise and quicker than a scalpel leading to less pain and bleeding.
Gum disease Soft and hard tissue lasers are used to treat gum and bone disease with high precision and shorter recovery time.
Teeth whitening Lasers help to speed up the bleaching process as bleaching solution is “activated” by laser energy. When laser is used, smaller amount of bleach is needed.
Sleep Apnea If sleep apnea is a result of soft palate tissue overgrowth, laser can be used to tighten soft palate and relieve breathing problems. This procedure is painless and requires no downtime.
Herpes and canker sores Laser treats herpes and canker sores while minimizing pain and reducing healing time and need for medications.
Snoring Laser tightens the tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth. That results in less vibration and minimizes snoring.
Biostimulation Laser helps to regenerate sore muscles and sore joints.
Tooth extraction Laser makes for an easier separation of the tooth and the bone as it reduces force and pressure.
Dental surgery Laser helps to cut all tissues, gum and bone, with minimal effect to all surrounding areas.
Why use Laser?
Dental Lasers have several advantages:
No vibrations and noise of a dental drill
Shorter recovery time
Minimized need for anesthesia and stitches
Reduced inflammation and chance of infections
Minimized damage to surrounding area
Is dental Laser safe?
Dental laser is as safe as any other dental tool. All dental lasers that are currently available on the US market have received FDA clearance.
Patients have to wear protective glasses in order to minimize eyes exposure to bright light.