LASER DENTISTRY AND ORAL SURGERY
We live in a time of numerous technological developments. The field of dentistry has seen several in the past few years. All of these developments have greatly improved the quality of care that we can provide. One of these developments is laser dentistry. It has found many uses in the dental world. At National Dental Melville, the laser is even being used for oral surgery.
Oral surgery has long been done using a scalpel. The scalpel tool is very effective at what it does. However, despite its effectiveness, it causes much bleeding during surgical procedures. Not only that, but it causes tissue trauma, which leads to a significant amount of pain and swelling following your procedure.
At National Dental, we are taking advantage of the latest technological developments. This includes the use of laser dentistry for oral surgery. The laser tool uses a high-intensity beam of light that is approximately the same thickness as a human hair. This laser light cuts through oral tissues with ease, providing pinpoint accuracy and minimal tissue trauma. As it cuts, it cauterizes blood vessels, which helps to limit bleeding. Moreover, because it does not cause as much tissue trauma, your post-surgical pain and swelling are greatly reduced.
HOW DOES LASER DENTISTRY WORK?
With laser dentistry, the only thing that interacts with your oral tissues is the laser beam. The tool allows for us to set the wavelength so that we can customize it to your specific treatment needs. It can do some different jobs, from making incisions to removing infected tissue. The laser minimizes bleeding, cauterizing your tissues as it cuts. It is also extremely precise, able to cut just a few cells at a time, minimizing tissue trauma.
WHAT OTHER USES DOES THE LASER HAVE?
Laser dentistry has several uses in the dental field:
- Treating gum disease. The laser is used to remove infected gum tissue that is interfering with our ability to perform a thorough scaling and root planing.
- Eliminating decay, and preparing a cavity for filling.
- Preparing teeth for dental restorations such as crowns or veneers.
- Whitening your teeth.
LASER DENTISTRY BENEFITS
There are several benefits that are associated with the use of laser dentistry:
- Because the laser cauterizes as it cuts, it limits the bleeding you will experience.
- With minimal tissue trauma, you will experience significantly less pain and swelling during your recovery period.
- The laser provides us with pinpoint accuracy.
- It can stimulate the growth of new tissues (soft tissues and bone).
- Less anxiety. Many patients experience fear and anxiety over dental treatments. Often, this stems from the association of dental procedures with significant pain. Because the laser minimizes tissue trauma (and therefore post-surgical pain), these patients can have their fears put at ease.
IS USING A LASER SAFE?
There are several patients who wonder if using a laser is safe during oral surgery. At National Dental, we are highly trained and very experienced with the use of the laser. Using this tool is just as safe as the use of any other dental tool. Much like any other treatment, there are still some risks for complications. If the laser is set to the wrong wavelength, it can cause damage. Our experience helps to greatly minimize this risk. The light emitted by the laser is also intense, but you will be provided with a pair of special glasses to protect your eyes.
Laser dentistry has greatly improved our ability to care for your mouth. For more information, call National Dental Melville today at (631) 816-2277.