Laser dentistry is an alternative to drilling teeth. A laser can treat oral ulcers and spot early tooth decay before it becomes visible to x-rays or the naked eye.
For those that are afraid of dentists, lasers are a huge benefit. Laser treatment has with less invasion than a drill. They are also more precise and effective than drills.
The use of dental lasers is still rare. It is estimated that only 6% of all general dentists in the country use a laser for regular procedures. Fountain of Youth Dental is one of those dental offices in the 6%, using cutting edge technology to give you the maximum comfort dentistry can provide.
Why should I use lasers?
A dental laser can hurt less. Drills and other tools can create a lot of blood and pain. Use of a dental laser can either minimize or eliminate any negative side effects.
A laser is amplified light, so there is no physical equipment in your mouth doing any cutting. When the laser does cut into gums, it accelerates blood clotting due to tissue stimulation via heat. At the same time, it sterilizes the area, allowing any damage caused by dentistry to heal quickly.
Drills require water and frequent breaks to keep clients comfortable in the chair. This slows down the procedure and creates a lot more anxiety. Due to the invasiveness of drills, you would also have to use sedation dentistry for intense work.
A laser reduce the time, resources, need for sedation, and are easier for everyone involved. Also, there are no drill sounds. Lasers are silent. You can sit easy while in the chair of your dentist.
What can a laser do in dentistry?
Lasers have been used for:
- Treatment of tooth decay
- Removal of oral lesions
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Teeth Whitening
- Detecting cavities
- Dental fillings
- Decreasing tooth sensitivity
- Removing gum disease
- Minimizing bacterial infections
- Minimizing tissue damage
- Increasing healing factors
- Periodontal dentistry
Is it safe?
Yes. In fact, laser dentistry can be safer than at-home teeth bleaching. Dental lasers have been in active use since the 1990s. In that time, lasers have become refined to decrease invasiveness and increase benefits for each client.
Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for both gum procedures as well as on teeth. This means that a dental laser is safe to use orally.
What do I do after a treatment?
It is best not to eat until two hours after a whitening. After treatment, stay away from any liquids or foods that may leave stains. This can undo any work the treatment may have done. Normal eating patterns can resume after 24 hours. Be aware of food and drinks that stain after a whitening, though, and ask your dentist for any other general advice.
Have other concerns?
If you live in San Antonio, Texas, don�t hesitate to contact the office of Fountain of Youth Dental for more information. Our dentistry staff can walk you through the procedure step by step before you make a decision. We want you to be in good hands when you choose your dentist.