Lasers in Dentistry

Lasers in DentistryWe understand that sometimes the sounds of drills can make dental visits and procedures seem intimidating. Unfortunately, this causes many patients to dread dental care and even refrain from visiting the office or voicing complaints and concerns. However, we are always researching the best ways to safely and successfully treat our patients and are proud to offer laser dentistry as a near pain-free option. With laser dentistry, we have the option to reduce and even eliminate dental fears or worries as many of our procedures involving dental lasers use minimal or even no anesthesia or drills for treatment.

What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry is an FDA approved treatment where lasers are used to treat several different dental conditions. Lasers create light energy in a very narrow and focused beam targeted on certain hard or soft tissue. This light is precisely calculated so that we can control the interaction with a particular type of tissue. The typical heat, vibration, noise, and pressure of traditional dental drills and tools are removed with the use of lasers helping to reduce patient anxiety surrounding dental care.

The two categories of procedures for laser dentistry are hard tissue and soft tissue procedures. Hard tissue refers to teeth and bones while soft tissue often refers to the gums, lips, tongue, or inner cheek.

How can it be used?

Dental lasers can treat a variety of conditions depending on the type of laser used. Common hard tissue procedures include cavity detection, treatment for tooth decay, tooth preparations, dental fillings, or reducing tooth sensitivity.

For soft tissue procedures, a laser may be used to reshape gum tissue, adjust, or reshape gum and bone for healthier tooth structure. Oftentimes soft tissue treatment does not require any sutures or stitches, so the healing and recovery period is significantly reduced.

Lasers can also be used in other procedures such as sealants, treating cold sores, removing benign tumors or lesions/growths, nerve generation, reducing pain and inflammation in jaw joints, teeth whitening, and more. Dental lasers can also be used to treat periodontitis or gum disease as they can kill bacteria and activate healthy tissue regrowth.

Benefits

One of the great benefits of laser treatment is the fact that the laser often seals nerve endings and blood vessels during procedures which helps to reduce pain and promote faster healing.

Other benefits of laser dentistry include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced need for stitches
  • Minimized bleeding
  • In many cases anesthesia is unnecessary
  • Lower risk of bacterial infection
  • Faster recovery

Limitations

There are some disadvantages to laser dentistry as it cannot be used on teeth that already have certain filling such as metal amalgam. Sometimes certain procedures may still require anesthesia and traditional dental tools.

Laser dentistry is a great option for those who may have anxiety in our office. Lasers enable us to address multiple dental needs while also ensuring that your experience is a positive one. For more information on laser dentistry, contact Gettysburg Dental Associates today.

What Our Patients Say

I broke a tooth which required a cap. They were always attentive about my needs and made sure I was comfortable. It took much of the day but when I left I was all fixed up. Thanks for the good care.

Linda E.

My 2 year old has been here twice and they are very caring and gentle with her, telling her what they're doing and why. They are knowledgable and put my toddler, as well as me, at ease. I'm sure this will lead to her being comfortable at the dentist instead of fearing it like I do.

Kandyce H.

Everyone was happy and eager to help! The produre I had done was quick and painless. They walked me through the whole process and then explained everything while doing it. I am 7 months pregnant and they were extremely cautious and accommodating to my needs.

Cathryn C.

Incredible experience! My son is 2 and terrified of the doctor- the staff here was incredible and worked with him until he was comfortable and happy! Extremely positive experience! After we left the office my son told me, “that was fun!” If that doesn’t speak for itself I don’t know what does!!! Thank you

Billy H.

They were absolutely amazing with my 2.5 year old for her first visit! Everyone was so warm and welcoming. Dr Stephanie and Cassie were so patient and really made my daughter enjoy her first visit. The fish were a great distraction and welcoming feature in the office!

Stephanie M.

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