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Henderson Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers range from a wide variety of instruments with some being used for surgery and others to cure restorative materials and enhance tooth bleaching. Different procedures may require different lasers and all laser treatments recommend eye protection.

"Laser" is the short form for ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation’. Lasers produce a very strong beam of energy and this energy causes a reaction when it hits a tissue and in turn the laser can shape a tissue or even remove it if required. The laser is very effective in reducing chances for an infection by sterilizing and coagulating blood vessels all at once.

Dental lasers can be useful during the following situations:

  • cold sores, partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • overgrown tissues caused by certain medications
  • to perform biopsy procedures
  • reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures
  • removing inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease
  • to remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures
  • help treat infections in root canals
  • fasten tooth whitening procedures.

Sometimes patients prefer laser treatments as it is quicker and less painful as a need for the drill is eliminated. Laser treatments are better for faster healing periods and can reduce bacteria in tissue and tooth cavities.

Henderson Laser Dentistry is however, up to ten times more costly than regular, conventional drilling. Prices can range from $10000 to $50000 as compared to common drills which are below $500. For those with the financial ability to fund such a treatment, it is the perfect choice as there is no irritating sound, tantalizing pain or the need for local anesthesia.

Every type of laser works on the principle of delivering energy in the form of light. Lasers, when used for surgical and dental procedures, act as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. Lasers also help in strengthening the bond between the filling and the tooth when used to cure a filling. And in cases of teeth-whitening, lasers perform the role of a heat source, enhancing the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.

Despite being in use since the early 90’s and approved by FDA, no laser system has received the American Dental Association's (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. It is this seal which assures dentists that the product or device meets ADA standards of safety and efficacy.

Downsides of using lasers include:

  • Can't be used on teeth with fillings already in place.
  • Can’t be used to fill cavities located between teeth and large cavities that need to be prepared for a crown.
  • Traditional drills may still be needed to shape the filling, adjust the bite, and polish the filling even when a laser is used.

It also becomes important to make sure your dentist has good knowledge and experience in Laser Dentistry. The Academy of Laser Dentistry offers education on the subject and is the only source for credentialing.

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