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The idea is that the laser uses a narrow and intense beam of light. The light can shape or remove tissue. They may be used on their own or in conjunction with other tools in order to do effective dental work. For cosmetic dentists it can speed up the teeth whitening process while maintaining accuracy.
People often associate dentistry with pain and it is often something that makes them hesitant to visit the dentist and ironically often make problems worse and have a negative impact on their oral health. However dental lasers can be used to reduce the pain people experience in their mouths thanks to problems such as cold sores or cankers. It can also be used to remove muscle attachment that can restrict facial movement or clear away tissue that can become overgrown after taking certain types of medication.
It is also worth remembering that dentistry is not restricted to the treatment of teeth. Gum disease is a very real problem and it is not always as easy to detect as problems with the teeth. Dental lasers can be used to aid this treatment and reduce a lot of the long term problems that occur with damaged gums such as gingivitis.
The major benefit of using a laser is precision, allowing for more accurate treatment. This precision in turn allows for quicker and more relaxed treatments as there is less need for drills or anaesthetic. Treatments using lasers also tend to heal quicker than more traditional treatments as well and can reduce the amount of bleeding during surgical procedures, all of which quicken the process but also reduce a lot of the things that can make people feel anxious during dental treatment.
In simple terms dental lasers are a tool that needed to be handled carefully in much the same way as a dentist handling drills or specialist deep cleaning equipment. When handled in the right way they are perfectly safe to use. As with any professional it is worth asking about the level of their experience and if they are qualified to use a dental laser. Furthermore they ought to provide eyewear in order to keep your eyes safe from the bright intensity of the laser.
What is laser dentistry? Ultimately it is another thing that dentists can use to improve the quality of their work. If you want to know more about whether or not your dentist uses them and how qualified they are to use them it is worth discussing with them directly. Most dentists will be happy to talk to you about their methods in order to reassure you and it is often possible to book a consultation before you need to get any work done.