Lasers: Making Light Work Of Dental Procedures
- Posted on: Dec 30 2017
Laser technology is one of the fascinating fields of science, and the advances in this area have made significant contributions to medical treatments. Many people imagine science fiction stories at the mention of lasers, but these little devices do far more than destroy alien spacecraft. Laser dentistry simplifies many procedures while enhancing patient comfort.
How Do Dental Lasers Work?
The secret to laser treatments is using a system that is designed to target specific issues. The light energy that is emitted from a laser device is set to a specific wavelength or power level. The wavelength determines what tissue is targeted by the treatment, and other neighboring tissues are not affected because they do not absorb the energy. This means that the laser energy that is used for a cavity, for example, will only be absorbed by the tooth and not the gums.
What are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
Lasers not only help with removing damaged tissue, but the light energy also helps stimulate new tissue production. Compared to traditional techniques, the benefits of laser dentistry are:
- Less bleeding
- Reduced tissue trauma
- Shorter healing times
- Decreased need for antibiotics and medications after the procedure
- Enhanced patient comfort
- Shorter procedure times
- Fewer post-procedure symptoms, such as pain and swelling
What Can Be Treated with Laser Dentistry?
Dr. Garza uses two types of lasers for cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. Hard-tissue lasers are used for treating bone and teeth, and soft-tissue lasers are used for treatments that involve the gums, such as removing pockets of bacteria. He may use a combination of lasers for your treatment. Teeth whitening, cavities, periodontal treatment, and dental implants are just some of the ways that Dr. Garza uses dental lasers.
Interested in Laser Dentistry for Your Treatments? Contact Dr. John A. Garza.
Laser dentistry alleviates many of the concerns that keep people from having routine dental care. To learn more about dental treatments using lasers, sleep dentistry, bridges and our other services, contact Dr. John A. Garza. You can also contact our office in Gilbert, Arizona, directly at (480) 539-7979.
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