Lasers are still relatively new in dentistry, but we have been using these for over 10 years. Using a laser for certain treatment can have a number of benefits for you by providing faster healing times, reducing the risks of infection, create less bleeding and also less postoperative pain.
The laser generates a beam of concentrated light bringing energy into your mouth to help remove areas of infection as it destroys many bacteria and viruses found in the mouth.
We use a few different types of lasers that are chosen dependent on your needs. Their usage includes:
The laser can also cut teeth without anything touching them except the laser beam. It sterilizes the cavity whilst it’s being prepared and seals the inside of the tooth which results in reduced sensitivity and fewer complications. The process of cutting the tooth can be pain free and almost silent compared with conventional drills.
Improving your smile
The appearance of your smile can be improved by contouring or shaping your gums using a laser. We safely remove excess gum tissue that may give you a ‘gummy’ smile, or make your front teeth appear irregular in size or shape.
There is no bleeding afterwards as the laser seals the tissue as it removes it. In addition the degree of tissue control is much higher than would be the case using a scalpel or electro surgery unit.
Laser teeth whitening is a 1 hour procedure with results that can last you 2 to 3 years.
A protective layer is placed over your gums and soft tissues before we apply the whitening gel to the teeth. The laser is then used to activate the gel in order to whiten the teeth.
Desensitising sensitive teeth
If you have sensitive teeth, then a 20 minute procedure per tooth with a laser provides an effective solution with no local anaesthesia.
Although a permanent treatment for sensitive teeth, it should be noted that if further recession occurs in those areas, then they may become sensitive again.
Sterilising root canals during root canal therapy
Lasers are used in addition to conventional root canal therapy to sterilise the canal. This improves the success rate by destroying bacteria in lateral and accessory canals that are not easily accessible by conventional treatment.
Treatment of gum disease
We use our laser to remove debris and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. The laser is highly effective at killing bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.
Treating cold sores and ulcers
If you suffer from cold sores or ulcers, then by using a laser’s energy to minimise any sores developing and increasing the blood circulation. This helps improve healing in the area allowing the ulcers and the sores to heal more quickly than they would do otherwise.
Laser energy can be directed at areas where surgery has been carried out, such as the placement of a dental implant or removal of a wisdom tooth. The laser improves blood flow and accelerates healing, reducing post operative discomfort.
Most surgeries inside your mouth can be carried out using a laser as it has the benefit of minimising bleeding and pain during and after the procedure. Traditional scalpel and sutures cause more tissue injury, pain, swelling and bleeding.