For nearly two decades, lasers have been used for restorative and cosmetic purposes in dentistry. Today, lasers are approved for safety by the Food and Drug Administration, and are a valuable asset in the treatment of many of our patients. Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. This energy can be used to achieve accuracy and precision in a number of dental applications, including treating gum and periodontal infections by actually sterilizing the affected areas.
Did you know…
that dental lasers offer a long list of benefits for patients and dentists? Specifically, laser dentistry has grown in popularity among patients because it is highly effective for reducing inflammation, bleeding and swelling during and following dental procedures. Many patients also report experiencing less pain when lasers are used as opposed to drills. For this reason alone, many patients experience less anxiety and apprehension before and during their dental appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could I benefit from laser dentistry?
Possibly. Laser dentistry is generally not used in examinations and cleanings. However, for biopsies , certain periodontal treatments, frenectiomies or tooth whitening, a dental laser could provide a better overall experience and recovery. To find out if laser dentistry is right for you, schedule an appointment to meet with Dr Varano and discuss your options for treatment.
What should I expect during a laser dental treatment?
As with traditional dental treatments, you will be anesthetized before having laser treatment. However, because dental lasers may help minimize discomfort, you may not require as much anesthesia as you would with a non-laser treatment and experience more rapid healing and recovery.
Do I need to follow any special care instructions after being treated with a dental laser?
Your post-treatment care will not differ from the instructions you would have from many other treatments. However, you may find that your recovery time is shorter and that bleeding is minimal immediately following your treatment.