How Lasers Assist in Periodontal Care
Healthy gums are the foundation of a beautiful smile, but many Americans experience symptoms of gum disease at some point in their lives. Traditional methods of treating gum disease can be intimidating, and not many people look forward to visiting a dentist for cleanings.
With Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (or LANAP), harmful bacteria are removed from under your gum line to keep your teeth and gums in excellent health. It can effectively treat pockets of infection by getting into small areas around teeth for a deeper clean.
Laser dentistry provides a non-surgical option to address threats to your oral health. Dentists today rely more and more on lasers to treat soft tissue ailments because of their superior accuracy and effectiveness.
How Do Lasers Work?
The laser represents a quantum leap forward in dental technology. The device uses carbon dioxide to emit an intense beam at 10,000 pulses per second. This beam is emitted at a wavelength of 9.3 microns – very small – allowing it to eliminate bacteria or infection in hard to reach areas.
No Drill Necessary
One of the most attractive benefits of laser dentistry is that it completely replaces the need for a drill in nearly all procedures.The sound and sensation of a drill are perhaps one of the leading causes of apprehension for many people. The very thought of it can induce anxiety. Lasers can perform the same tasks faster and without the noise and discomfort.
The dental laser’s flagship feature is its ability to perform treatments with such comfort that you may not need anaesthesia.Very sensitive people may still experience minor discomfort, but the vast majority feel nothing at all. Knowing that you won’t be in pain allows you to be more relaxed about your appointments.
Eliminating Cold Sores and Other Laser Treatments
Lasers can provide immediate pain relief from ulcers in the mouth. By increasing blood flow, lasers promote the rapid growth of collagen. Healing occurs almost overnight with laser treatment, and a cold sore may never appear in that area again.
Laser dentistry can help with additional treatments to:
- Access impacted teeth for easier extractions
- Remove inflamed tissue with little discomfort and no need for sutures
- Remove excess gum tissue so accurate impressions can be taken for crowns
- Improve the aesthetics by altering gum height
- Support whitening treatments by increasing the enamel’s ability to respond to hydrogen peroxide
- Disinfect gum tissue and dental surfaces to prevent infections.
Experience the Future of Dentistry
Dental lasers are revolutionizing the way dental work is done. Laser gum disease treatment is as comfortable as it is effective. There is less discomfort associated with lasers because there is no scraping with dental tools. If you have ever felt fear or anxiety about visiting the dentist, we encourage you to find out for yourself why the dental laser is the future of the industry.