Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures we perform for our patients here at Nottingham Dental. This newer style of dentistry utilizes intense, accurate beams of light projected by a dental laser. Though laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventative purposes including the following:
Removal Of Harmful Bacteria That Can Cause Gum Disease
Lasers can be used alongside traditional cleaning or scaling to eliminate bacteria below the gumline with no discomfort at all.
Reshaping Soft Tissue
Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
Lasers can improve the breastfeeding habits of babies born with a tongue tie or lip tie.
When benign tumours have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing pain.
Lasers can greatly expedite the tooth whitening process by increasing the activity of the particles in the peroxide bleaching solution.
Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.
The beauty of dental lasers is that they damage far less of the surrounding tissue than traditional techniques such as conventional surgery – which means less discomfort and pain after treatment.
Here Are Some Of The Other Benefits Associated With Laser Dentistry Versus Conventional Surgery Treatment:
- Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
- Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
- Reduced need for anesthesia.
- Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
- Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Your Nottingham Dental Hygienists may suggest using a laser to treat unhealthy gums, after they have completed your cleaning and removed all plaque, debris and calcified deposits. These deposits around and under your gums contain bacteria that cause disease and infect gum tissue. Once these large irritants are removed, a safe, low power laser can be used to kill any remaining trace bacteria cells that may have not been physically removed during the cleaning.
By removing nearly all the bacteria around your teeth and in your gums, you will see an amazing reduction in inflammation, bleeding and all other symptoms associated with gum disease and an increase in the overall health of your mouth. Laser use will also help increase circulation and collagen formation at the bottom of your periodontal pockets and help to revive or rejuvenate the gingival attachment of the gum tissue.