Common Applications of Laser Dentistry
The dental laser is a versatile tool that can help a dental practice evolve by offering better, more efficient patient care. In addition to its many benefits, the dental laser can be used to perform a number of hard and soft tissue procedures. That versatility can be truly invaluable to a dental practice. Here are some of the common applications of laser dentistry.
Different Lasers for Different Needs
You wouldn’t necessarily use the same laser for every procedure. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several hard and soft tissue lasers for the dental treatment of children and adults. Different lasers offer different absorption levels, making them suitable for specific applications.
The wavelength of a hard-tissue laser is easily absorbed by both water and the hydroxyapatite found in enamel and bone. That makes this type of laser effective for cutting through bone and tooth structures. Common hard-tissue procedures include:
• Detecting cavities - By reading the by-products produced from decaying teeth, low-intensity hard-tissue lasers can be used in the early detection of cavities.
• Dental fillings - Hard-tissue lasers are an alternative to the traditional local anesthetic injection and dental drill. Lasers can kill the bacteria found in a cavity.
• Tooth sensitivity - Lasers can effectively treat the tubules responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.
Dental lasers can also be used for the treatment of cold sores or benign tumors, in cosmetic procedures such as tooth whitening, for nerve regeneration, and even for certain cases of sleep apnea. The versatility of this tool really cannot be overstated. Dental lasers allow for faster, more effective, and more comfortable procedures, directly your patients and your practice. To learn more about dental laser classes and in-office trainings, contact Dedicated Dental Hygiene today.