Laser dentistry uses lasers to treat a wide variety of dental conditions. In 1989, laser dentistry began to be used commercially in dental clinics for procedures that involved tooth tissues. Laser dentistry can offer a more comfortable option for treatment for an assortment of soft and hard tissue dental procedures when compared to non-laser tools like drills.
LASER is the acronym for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation. The laser generates light energy in a narrow, focused beam and it creates a reaction as soon as it hits the tissue, which allows the laser to shape or remove the tissue.
Laser dentistry can be used in a number of procedures like the following:
With lasers, dental treatments become more cost-effective, comfortable, and efficient. While the ADA has yet to do so, the FDA has approved this innovative form of dentistry as an option of treatment for numerous dental conditions.
There are two primary kinds of procedures used in laser dentistry, which are hard and soft tissue procedures. Soft tissue refers specifically to the gums, while hard tissue refers specifically to the teeth.
Some common soft tissue procedures may include the following:
Some common hard tissue procedures may include the following:
Some other laser procedures that can be performed include the following:
Laser treatments like the ones mentioned above will vary in cost, depending on the actual procedure and the equipment being used. However, due to the fact that laser treatment can usually be completed in fewer sessions, it can be less expensive when compared to non-laser treatment.
In addition, dental insurance will generally base reimbursement costs based on the actual treatment as opposed to the method used. As a result, your compensation will likely be the same. Nonetheless, it is important to talk to your insurance provider beforehand.
Depending on the treatment, dentists will use either a soft or hard tissue lasers. If the treatment allows, the dentist will use both kinds of lasers.
As mentioned before, hard tissue lasers will cut through teeth and bones. The wavelengths for these lasers are absorbed through a combination of a specific mineral that is found in your teeth and water. These hard tissue lasers are typically used during the preparation of the teeth or to shape the teeth for composite dental bonding, to repair worn down dental fillings, or to remove a small amount of the structure of a tooth.
The wavelengths for soft tissue lasers are absorbed through a combination hemoglobin—a protein that is found within the body’s red blood cells—and water. These lasers are often used in the treatment of periodontitis. These lasers will penetrate the tissue and seal the blood vessels and nerve endings simultaneously. Because of this, most patients feel little no pain following the treatment. These lasers also encourage quicker tissue healing.
There are very few risks associated with laser dentistry. To minimize issues, you want to find an experience and qualified dentist to perform laser dentistry because using the wrong power level or wavelength can result in damaged tissue. In addition, there are some dental providers that are concerned advertisers push the use of laser dentistry beyond what individuals truly need.
To ensure that your eyes are protected from the laser, your dentist will provide you with special glasses to wear during the treatment.
Seek a dental professional who has received the appropriate laser dentistry training and has taken educational courses on this new innovative method of dentistry. Dr. Cappetta at Fountain of Youth Dental have the expertise necessary to perform laser dentistry. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us today.