What Is Laser Dentistry?

Do you dread the sound of the dentist’s drill? Don’t let your anxieties stop you from getting the oral health care and cosmetic dentistry treatments you need. Instead, consider a dental practice that offers laser dentistry services. Laser dentistry can eliminate the need for that noisy drill and it can greatly improve patient comfort.

How does laser dentistry work?

Lasers are narrowly focused, intense beams of light that induce reactions in the tissue they come into contact with. For instance, a laser beam can cut away diseased or damaged material. It can also be used to “cure” or harden material like dental fillings. Laser dentistry is rapidly growing in popularity because of its potential benefits over traditional dentistry techniques.

Sophisticated laser equipment can target specific areas with unparalleled precision, which reduces the risk of damage to the adjacent areas. Laser dentistry is less aggressive than conventional techniques, which can lead to minimized pain, bleeding, and swelling. In general, patients who receive laser dentistry treatments may require a lesser amount of anesthetic and enjoy a faster recovery time than they otherwise would.

What can laser dentistry do?

Laser dentistry is certainly not a magic bullet solution. But while it cannot be used for every oral care need, laser dentistry is quite versatile. If you visit a dentist complaining of tooth sensitivity, a quick laser treatment may be able to effectively address this problem, leaving you able to enjoy hot and cold beverages without pain. If your tooth sensitivity is caused by a cavity, there is no need to anticipate with dread the high-pitched noise of the drill. Dental lasers can precisely remove the diseased material. In fact, your cavity may have even been detected by a special laser designed to pinpoint the byproducts given off by tooth decay. After the decay has been removed and the dentist has filled the cavity, a laser can be directed at the filling material to harden it.

Cosmetic dentists have eagerly embraced the many benefits of laser dentistry for improving a patient’s smile. This technology is widely used during teeth whitening treatments. By activating the whitening solution, the laser shortens the total treatment time. Lasers can even be used for patients with “gummy smiles.” The light beam can gently reshape the gums to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.

How can you get access to sophisticated laser treatments?

If you live in Suffolk County, you can visit Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for the latest cutting-edge treatments, including laser dentistry. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are committed to dental care excellence and are been pleased to offer laser dentistry treatments to their patients. For all of your general and cosmetic dentistry needs, call our Long Island practice today.

Additional “laser dentistry” resources

  1. WebMD, Laser Use in Dentistry, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/laser-use-dentistry#1
  2. Colgate, Is Laser Teeth Whitening an Option for You? http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/is-laser-teeth-whitening-an-option-for-you-0914

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