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Dental Lasers- What You Need To Know?

Dental lasers

Innovation in the tools used in dentistry has introduced us to lasers as the latest technology to be used in dental procedures. This minimally invasive procedure provides an easy and relatively painless solution to gum diseases, cavities and other oral problems. It has been used in dental practice commercially for almost thirty years.

The popularity of this procedure is due to the fact that it is a relatively more comfortable solution to various dental procedures for hard and soft tissue as compared to drills and other tools.

How do lasers work?

LASER is an abbreviation for ‘light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation’ and it involves using light energy in a focused beam to target both hard and soft tissue. When the beam reacts with the target, it causes it to change its shape or be removed completely. This is an FDA approved procedure which can be used to treat conditions like hypersensitivity, gum disease, discolored teeth and decaying teeth.

What are some popular uses for dental lasers?

It offers a solution to two types of dental procedures. Hard tissue refers to teeth whereas soft tissue is related to the gums. Dental lasers are useful for treating a number of procedures including periodontal disease, oral surgery and other restorative procedures. There are less, or at times no requirement for sedatives prior to the procedure.

Looking for cavities and ulcers

Laser treatments are a convenient solution to painful aphthous ulcers in the mouth. They eliminate the need for pills or creams to be applied constantly. They can also help detect cavities by searching for evidence of tooth decay.

Teeth sensitivity

If you have sensitive teeth and are unable to consume foods or drinks that are too hot or too cold, you can opt for this procedure. The lasers can target the root of the tooth and allow the tubules to be sealed.

 

For the perfect smile

Cosmetic dentistry solutions for smiles that reveal the gums too much also involve the application of lasers. The gum tissue can be reshaped so that less surface area of the tooth is covered with gums.

Other uses

Other than that, they can bleach teeth for teeth whitening purposes and also help regenerate damaged nerves and blood vessels in teeth. They can also reduce healing time for cold sores.

Contact us at Dr. King’s Family Dentistry if you have any of the aforementioned conditions. You can avail this painless and effective treatment and other services related to dental care at affordable prices in Virginia Beach.