Laser in dentistry can be an accurate and effective tool in many types of treatments. Its comparative advantage is that it allows the dentist to intervene in very specific areas of the oral cavity, controlling the intensity and duration of exposure of the tissue to be treated to the radiation, without affecting adjacent tissues.
– Using lasers in soft tissue treatments may eliminate the need for sutures.
– No anaesthesia is required.
– Bleeding is minimised.
– Helps in faster and smoother healing of surgeries, for example wisdom tooth extractions, sinus elevation and others.
– The possibility of bacterial contamination is minimised as the high intensity of the light beam sterilises the area where it is used.
– The possibility of damage to adjacent tissues is minimised.
– Wounds heal faster and contribute to tissue regeneration.
Applications of laser in dentistry include:
– Soft tissue (gum) treatments and shaping.
– Hard tissue reshaping.
– Tooth whitening. Laser light is absorbed by the pigments in the teeth and achieves the best results and longer lasting results than any other method.
– Periodontology: we achieve removal of granulomatous tissue and sterilization of the pockets
– Endodontics: sterilization of root canals better and in greater depth than all other methods , during treatment.
– Tooth desensitization
– Treatment of aphthae: pain is reduced and healing is faster,
– Surgery: chalectomy, ulectomy, scarplasty, removal of small swellings in the soft tissues of the mouth, drainage of abscesses.