3 Great Uses of Lasers in Dentistry Today
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The healthcare industry has been transformed by lasers, but so has the dentistry industry. Here are three ways lasers can and are used today in the dental healthcare field:
- Early Detection of Oral Disease
When exposed to a certain amount of light, bacteria will actually glow. This makes it easy for dentist to detect even when there is very little to see. In some cases, laser dentistry is the best way to catch tooth decay early on at a time when the eye may be unable to see it.
- Treatment of Dental Caries (Tooth Decay)
Aside from just detecting the tooth decay quicker and easier, laser dentistry can also help treat it in a less invasive way. A conventional drill is usually necessary for deep and large cavities, but some of the less progressed cavities can actually be treated with a laser. Lasers are very precise and will only take out what is necessary and no more, which is hard to guarantee with a traditional drill.
- Treatment of Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Periodontal disease is a condition that occurs when bacteria and plaque is left to build and harden to the tooth's surface. There are periodontal pockets that may occur when the gum tissue detaches itself from the bone. Lasers are able to get down in there and treat these pockets, unlike other dentistry tools. Lasers can achieve similar results to conventional tools and techniques but with much less discomfort, tissue damage and invasiveness.
Research I continually being done on laser dentistry, but it is evident in recent years that laser dentistry is a very effective method in treating a number of oral health issues. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, don’t' hesitate to call or schedule an appointment.