While surgical procedures were the common method for soft tissue treatment, scientists and dentists together developed an alternative – laser dentistry.
Laser dentistry combines laser energy and water to perform a variety of dental procedures, making them more comfortable and reduces the need for needles and scalpels. Lasers are designed to perform procedures without damaging the surrounding tissue, which means shorter healing times and much less pain.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser technology has transformed the way in which dentistry is performed. Forget the common use of needles and drills, laser dentistry allows us to give you a smile without the commonly associated discomfort of scalpels, and in some cases needles.
The development in dental laser technology has benefited a number of different dental specialisations, including cosmetic dentistry and oral surgery. There are a variety of dental procedures that have been simplified with the use of lasers. We use two different lasers that can offer you effective results, with increased efficiency and reduced healing times.
Dental lasers can be used in:
- Teeth whitening
- Restorations such as fillings and root canal therapy
- Soft tissue surgery
- Hard tissue surgery
- Laser periodontics (gum) treatment
ErYag Laser: The ErYag Laser allows us to perform fillings and soft tissue surgery without the need for local anaesthesia. One of the major advantages of the ErYag laser is that fillings can be completed in more than one area of the mouth in a single visit without the feeling of numbness associated with a local anaesthetic.
NdYag Laser: The NdYag laser is used for soft tissue surgery. Local anaesthetic is required for soft tissue surgery when using the NdYag laser. Another soft tissue use for the NdYag is Photo Activated Disinfection which is a fast and minimally invasive disinfection system. It is used in root canals, gum disease and some restorative dentistry treatments.
Needle-free and drill-free
The use of dental lasers can minimise or in some cases completely eliminate the need for needles and dental drills. With lasers we have the ability to perform many different procedures without the common discomfort associated with needles and drills. For patients who might find the thought of needles distressing, this is a way that we can achieve your treatment without anxiety.
Safe and effective results
The use of laser equipment is completely safe and can be extremely beneficial when considering the results and overall outcomes. Dental lasers have widened the ability to make dentistry more comfortable for patients and often improves results. Treatment time is often shortened with better outcomes.
Reduced healing time
For treatments such as reshaping gum lines, the replacement of a traditional scalpel for a dental laser can provide many benefits. Due to the pinpoint accuracy of lasers, the soft tissues in your mouth can often heal faster than if they were treated with a scalpel. Dental lasers can also help provide you with a dental treatment that is often bloodless and pain-free.