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Dental Lasers

What are dental lasers?

Dental lasers are advanced medical devices that use highly focused and intense light beams, typically in the form of a concentrated energy beam, to perform various dental procedures. Also known as laser dentistry, lasers have revolutionised dentistry as they offer precise and minimally invasive alternatives to traditional dental tools such as drills and scalpels.

One of the key benefits of dental lasers is their precision, allowing for pinpoint accuracy when treating dental issues, which can minimise damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This often reduces discomfort and bleeding during and after procedures. Additionally, dental lasers can sometimes eliminate the need for anaesthesia, making certain treatments more comfortable for patients.

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Dental lasers can be used to perform different dental procedures.

What are dental lasers?

Dental lasers are advanced medical devices that use highly focused and intense light beams, typically in the form of a concentrated energy beam, to perform various dental procedures. Also known as laser dentistry, lasers have revolutionised dentistry as they offer precise and minimally invasive alternatives to traditional dental tools such as drills and scalpels.

One of the key benefits of dental lasers is their precision, allowing for pinpoint accuracy when treating dental issues, which can minimise damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This often reduces discomfort and bleeding during and after procedures. Additionally, dental lasers can sometimes eliminate the need for anaesthesia, making certain treatments more comfortable for patients.

How do dental lasers work?

Dental lasers work through the principle of concentrated light energy. These devices generate a highly focused laser, which dentists use for various dental procedures. The specific mechanism of action varies depending on the type of dental laser and the intended use.

Generally, dental lasers can be categorised into two main types:

1. Hard tissue lasers

Lasers such as Er: YAG and Er: CrYSGG are lasers primarily used for tooth and bone procedures, such as cavity removal or preparing teeth for fillings. They emit a laser beam that interacts with the hard dental tissues, such as enamel and dentin, to vaporise or ablate the targeted area. This precise removal of dental material allows for minimally invasive treatment.

2. Soft tissue lasers

Lasers such as the infamous diode laser are soft tissue lasers used for procedures involving the gums, mucous membranes, and other soft oral tissues. They work by being absorbed by the water in these tissues, causing them to vaporise or coagulate. This process can be used for various applications, including gum disease treatment and gumline reshaping.

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Caption: Dental lasers such as the dental diode laser are utilised to treat gums. 

Here at Dennis Tan Dental, we utilise Biolase’s Waterlase laser to manage and treat a plethora of dental concerns effectively. We are an advocate for this specific dental laser for the following reasons: 

  • Waterlase YSGG laser is rapid and precise and allows for clean removal of target tissues.
  • It reduces the likelihood of heat damage, fractures or smear layers created by dental burs.
  • It has an anti-bacterial effect in root canals, reducing  E. faecalis by 99.71%.

Benefits of dental lasers

  • Precision
  • Minimally invasive
  • Versatility
  • Reduced healing time
  • Enhanced comfort
  • Cavity detection
  • Gum reshaping
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved dental health
  • Safety

What conditions can dental lasers be used for?

Dental lasers can be used for an array of dental services, such as:

  • Aesthetic/Cosmetic dentistry: aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry can be used for gum contouring.
  • Wisdom tooth removal: wisdom tooth removal excises tissue around an exposed wisdom tooth.
  • Dental fillings: dental fillings repair fillings that have undergone significant wear and tear. 
  • Root canal treatment: root canal treatment is used to sterilise, salvage healthy tooth structure, and reshape the dentinal wall. 
  • Other dental issues: such as cavities, cold sores and cankers, oral lesions, and to detect cavities. 

Make an appointment with Dennis Tan Dental today to enjoy the efficiency and effectiveness of dental lasers! 

What results can I expect from dental lasers?

The results you can expect from dental laser treatment depend on the specific procedure and your individual oral health needs.

Generally, you can anticipate several positive outcomes:

  • Precision and accuracy: dental laser offers precise and accurate treatment, minimising damage to healthy surrounding tissue. This often results in more effective and efficient procedures.
  • Minimised discomfort: laser treatments are often less painful than traditional methods, and some procedures may not require anaesthesia. This can lead to a more comfortable experience during and after treatment.
  • Faster healing: many laser treatments result in quicker recovery times due to their minimally invasive nature. You may experience reduced post-procedure discomfort and swelling.
  • Enhanced cosmetic outcomes: gum reshaping can be performed with lasers to improve the aesthetics of your smile, boosting your confidence.
  • Effective gum disease management: dental lasers can effectively treat gum disease through preventive dentistry to promote gum health and prevent its progression.
  • Cavity detection: laser-based cavity detection can catch dental issues in their early stages, allowing for timely intervention and preservation of tooth structure.
  • Versatility: dental lasers can address various dental conditions, offering flexibility in treatment options.
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Dental laser treatment is an alternative method used in dental surgery.

How many treatment sessions of dental lasers are needed?

The number of treatment sessions required varies widely based on the specific dental condition being addressed and your oral health. Some dental laser treatments may be completed in a single session, offering immediate results. 

However, more complex issues, like gum disease treatment or extensive cavity management, may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired outcomes. Your dentist will assess your condition, discuss treatment options, and provide a personalised treatment plan that outlines the expected number of sessions. This ensures that you have a clear understanding of the treatment timeline and what to expect throughout the process, tailored to your unique dental needs.

Frequently asked questions

Do dental laser treatments hurt?

Generally, dental laser treatments are less painful than traditional methods. In many cases, they are nearly painless. Some procedures may not require anaesthesia, resulting in a more comfortable experience.

How long does a dental laser procedure take?

The duration of a dental laser procedure varies depending on the specific treatment. Some procedures can be completed in a single session, while others require multiple appointments. Your dentist will provide a more precise timeline based on your treatment needs.

Is there any downtime after dental laser treatment?

Downtime after dental laser treatment is typically minimal. Recovery is often quicker than traditional dental treatment methods. With reduced discomfort and swelling, you can resume your daily activities shortly after the procedure.

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