Laser Dentistry



A variety of lasers are now the main-stay of dental treatment. Almost every aspect of dental care can be enhanced with adjuvant laser therapy. The Advantages include:-

  • Painless, bloodless procedures and surgery
  • Local anesthesia injections can be avoided in most cases
  • No stitches required
  • Reduced need for post-operative antibiotics and painkillers
  • Reduced post-operative swelling and discomfort
  • Quicker recovery

Few important applications of lasers in dentistry are:-

    • Reducing sensitivity of teeth (Laser desensitizing) – When multiple teeth are sensitive due to gum recession or excess enamel wear, dental laser can significantly reduce the sensitivity.
    • Laser BleachingTooth whitening done with lasers, leads to lesser sensitivity when compared to the conventional method. Leads to lesser post-operative sensitivity.
    • TMJ Pain – Lasers are shown to be very effective in treating joint pains

    • Cavity Preparations – done by laser avoid the use of a drill; hence eliminate the sound and vibrations. Have reduced post-operative sensitivity

   

Class V Cavity (Decay)               Cavity Filled

    • Growth Removal – Painless removal of small growths in the mouth.

   

Benign Tumor – Lower Lip           Tumor Removed with Laser

   

Inflamed Gum Tissue               Inflammation Removed

    • Laser de-pigmentation – Lightening of dark gums

    • Laser frenectomy – to remove frenal attachment between the lip and teeth
    • Laser Curettage – Conservative Treatment of Infected Gums
    • Laser Gingivectomy – Reduction of Excess Gums/Gummy smile treatment

   

Overgrown Gum Tissue           Removed Gum Tissue

    • Treatment of Apthous Ulcer – Reducing Pain in an ulcer by disinfecting it and coating it with laser
    • Laser Assisted Root Canals – Highest levels of sterilization in a root canal are achieved with lasers
    • Treatment of white lesions – Early lesions can be removed using lasers(pre-cancer treatment)

   

White Lesion               White Lesion Removed

  • Laser Uncovery of Implants – Painless, Bloodless technique used to uncover an implant for impressions
  • Treatment of Diseased/Infected Implants – Implant failure can be avoided if implant infections are treated early.
  • Pediatric Dentistry – Painless procedures for children