If you are looking for a modern way to take care of your teeth, the Brentwood Dental Spa in Los Angeles, California has what you need: Laser Dentistry. The following paragraphs provide a brief description of laser dentistry, the benefits, the process, and the different types of laser dentistry procedures.
Lasers: Light Years Away From Traditional Dental Treatment
Yes, we are talking about lasers like lightsabers — only much smaller. A laser is a tool that produces an intense stream of light that is parallel in nature (focused), monochromatic, and with the same frequency and waveform (coherent). The device excites molecules and atoms to such a high energy level that they emit photons at the same frequency and at the same time (what physics calls in the same phase).
Laser dentistry, then, delivers dental treatment by focusing an intense beam of light (a laser) as the dentist’s tool in order to perform dental procedures. Dentists have proven that lasers are effective and safe for dental treatment in both children and adults.
From the practitioner’s viewpoint, lasers are easy to control. For patients, laser dentistry painlessly decimate tooth decay, and they can eliminate inflamed gum tissue.
Lasers can expose wisdom teeth, regenerate damaged nerves, reshape gums, and treat root canal infections.
The Laser Dentistry Process Makes Dental Treatment A Breeze
The process for laser dentistry is similar to what you have previously experienced — but it’s better. You may receive an aesthetic (or a sedative if you are anxious) but probably less than with traditional dentistry. The dentist still props your mouth open, so he can work inside, but you feel no vibrations like you would with a drill.
Open, bleeding wounds are a thing of the past. A laser causes much less bleeding than a dentist’s scalpel so recovering from gum treatments is much easier. You are also less likely to get a postoperative infection as long as you follow the dentist’s suggested tooth care regime. Pain and discomfort are minimal and your mouth irritation is less with laser dentistry.
Dentists use two types of lasers in dental procedures:
Hard tissue lasers (finding cavities, preparing teeth for dental fillings),
Soft tissue lasers (for cutting gum tissue, sealing blood vessels).
Each kind of mouth tissue absorbs energy from light at different wavelengths. Laser dentistry evolved to design lasers to accommodate the different types of tissue in your mouth and make the lasers more efficient.
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Laser Dentistry Benefits: Patients Are Bound to Like It
By now, you probably guessed some benefits from laser procedures. Compared to traditional dental treatment, laser dentistry makes procedures:
- Move more fluidly and with less pain and discomfort for patients;
- Unlikely to need sutures (more familiarly known as stitches);
- Unlikely to require anesthetic, or at least less of it;
- Sterilize the treatment field, so infection is less likely;
- Generally show less blood loss and shorter healing time.
Taking the next step
If you are interested in finding out more about laser dentistry and how it may help you, we invite you to contact us for an appointment at the Brentwood Dental Spa today. One of our dental experts will be happy to provide you with a personal consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your smile and your dental health.
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