As a modern office, Bonita Dental Care offers laser dentistry to complete a variety of procedures that would normally be done using traditional tools. During laser dentistry, high-tech lasers are used to perform basic processes like treating tooth decay, treating gum disease, and even basic teeth whitening. Laser dentistry has been around since 1989, but it didn’t become popular until the last ten years because the technology needed a little extra time to develop. If you’ve always feared basic dental tools like picks, mirrors, and scrapers, then the use of lasers might be right for you.
How Laser Treatments Work
Laser treatments can be sorted into two separate categories: hard tissue and soft tissue. These refer to what parts of the mouth are affected by the procedure and where the dentist is concentrating their efforts. Here, hard tissue refers to the teeth, while soft tissue is the gums.
Hard Tissue Procedures
- Treating Tooth Sensitivity (Seals tubules on the tooth’s surface)
- Cavity Detection
- Tooth Preparation and Dental Filling (Kills bacteria, eliminates decay, and can be used to replace a drill)
Soft Tissue Procedures
- Reshaping the Gums
- Crown Lengthening and Shaping
- Removing Soft Tissue Folds and Bumps
- Treating Tongue Frenulum Problems (The frenulum is the small portion of tissue underneath the tongue. Sometimes it can be too large or small and cause discomfort)
Sometimes there are a couple of procedures that don’t technically qualify as hard or soft tissue options because they treat growths within the mouth or are used in addition to other materials. A couple of these options include:
- Treating Cold Sores
- Teeth Whitening (Lasers speed up the bleaching process)
- Treating Obstructive Teeth Apnea
- Removing Benign Tumors on the Soft Tissue
- Nerve Regeneration in the Mouth
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry offers numerous advantages over traditional methods, including a decreased need for sutures and cutting of the gum tissue. This often puts patients at ease, making it easier for some to visit the dentist on a regular basis. Wounds also heal faster, and there is a lower chance of bacterial infection. The procedures also produce less damage, and patients experience little to no pain. Overall, using laser dentistry is a great choice for many patients.