For nearly two decades, lasers have been used for restorative and cosmetic purposes in dentistry. Today, lasers are approved for safety by the Food and Drug Administration, and they have become much more prevalent and standard in dental offices across the country. Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. This energy can be used to achieve accuracy and precision when shaping the gums, conducting a biopsy of oral tissues and killing bacteria in a periodontal pocket. Laser therapy is gentle and can have less post-operative discomfort as compared to conventional techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions
Possibly. Laser dentistry is generally not used in examinations and cleanings. However, if you need a periodontal treatment or a cosmetic crown lengthening procedure, a dental laser could provide a better overall experience and recovery. To find out if laser dentistry is right for you, schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Kittell to discuss your treatment options
Your experience will be similar to those you may have had before, only without the pressure, vibrations and sound of a dental drill. Just as with traditional dental treatments, you will be anesthetized before you have laser treatment. However, because dental lasers may help minimize pain, you may not require as much anesthesia as you would with a non-laser treatment.
Your post-treatment care will not differ from those instructions you would receive after a treatment requiring a drill or other dental tool. However, you may find that your recovery time is shorter and that bleeding is minimal immediately following your treatment.