Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive and painless alternative to dental surgery. Laser therapy is often used to remove inflamed gum tissues, decontaminate periodontal pockets and treat gum disease. Laser therapy is also used to relieve the pain associated with cold sores and canker sores, and is a quicker alternative to teeth whitening.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease or want to learn more about alternatives to traditional dental surgery, we’d love to talk about laser therapy with you.
Dental lasers are devices that emit narrow, focused beams of light for use in dental surgery. Invented in the 90s, dental lasers come in a variety of wavelengths designed for common procedures – most often the removal of gum tissue, cavity treatment or teeth whitening. Laser dentistry is sometimes recommended for patients who are anxious about traditional surgery methods.
When compared to traditional surgery, laser dentistry has a lot of benefits! The most important is that it’s less painful! With laser therapy, patients may not require anesthesia and are less likely to require sutures (stitches) after surgery – so you’ll recover from your treatment faster. And the laser sterilizes the tissue it touches, so infection is less likely than traditional surgery.
Laser therapy is mostly painless. If anything, it feels more like warmth underneath the gums or a small, temporary tingling sensation. Patients need less anesthesia than traditional surgery and should experience less bleeding. Also, laser therapy doesn’t take as long as some traditional surgical procedures and we can help you in just a single appointment!
Yes, laser dentistry is safe for children too! If your child has braces or is nervous about needles and other dental instruments, laser therapy can be a safe and relaxing alternative. But we believe in discussing the best treatment plan for all of our patients, so we’ll want to talk to you and your child to find to ensure laser dentistry is right for them.