Laser Dentistry

Laser Fillings

Of the many treatments laser dentistry can offer, laser fillings is the one that will most change your visit to the dentist. In these new treatments a dental laser is used instead of a drill to remove decay before a filling is placed in the tooth.

The greatest benefit of laser fillings is that needles and drills are usually not required! This means no more high-pitched drilling noises and no more numb lips.

Occasionally, a laser dentist will need to use a drill for instance to remove amalgam. Also, a needle may sometimes be necessary for some patients, especially those with highly sensitive teeth. However, because lasers are effective in reducing sensitivity, those with sensitive teeth will benefit from reduced sensitivity after the filling.

Lasers Target Decay & Preserve Healthy Teeth

The reason that lasers are ideal for fillings is that they selectively target and remove the decay. Lasers are more accurate at drilling teeth than conventional drills. They remove the minimum amount of tooth necessary to perform the filling. Conventional drilling can cause tiny cracks in the tooth - these do not occur with lasers.

How Long Does It Take?

Laser fillings take about the same amount of time as a normal filling. If you require multiple fillings, the laser will actually reduce the amount of time you spend in the dental chair. And unlike conventional filings, laser fillings can be done in all parts of the mouth during one visit.

Photo-Activated Disinfection

Dental lasers are very good at targeting the bacteria which cause gum disease. A quick laser treatment can be very effective in treating gum disease and promoting healing. The same applies to infected root canals. Dental lasers can be used to control infection and promote accelerated healing.

Other Laser Treatments

Lasers can be used for a wide range of dental procedures. In some cases they completely replace the conventional treatment, and for other procedures they are used to complement the existing treatment. In all cases, lasers can achieve better results.

Minor Surgery

Minor surgery performed with dental lasers will heal more quickly than conventional treatments. After a laser procedure, the treated area is left sterilised and sealed, and is advanced in the healing process compared to conventional treatments.

Your laser dentist can tell you more about the various treatment options available with dental lasers.

Sensitive Teeth and Fluoride Treatments

Lasers can help people who suffer from sensitive teeth. When combined with a fluoride treatment, certain dental lasers can reduce sensitivity for up to 12 months. The effectiveness of this treatment depends on the type of laser used, and varies according to each individual patient.

Dental lasers assist in the uptake of fluoride within teeth. These enhanced laser fluoride treatments are longer lasting and provide better protection for your teeth against decay.
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