There have been many developments in the field of dentistry in recent years. All of these developments have allowed us to provide you with the highest quality of care. Laser dentistry is just one of these developments and has many applications. At National Dental Williston Park, laser dentistry is also used oral surgery.
What is Laser Dentistry?
For years, one of the main tools used to perform oral surgery was the scalpel. While the scalpel is an effective tool, it does have a few drawbacks. It can cause a significant amount of bleeding during your surgery. It also causes a significant amount of tissue manipulation, which leads to post-surgical pain and swelling.
At National Dental, we use laser dentistry to perform your oral surgery procedures. The laser uses a high-intensity beam of light instead of a metal tool. This beam of light is approximately the same thickness as a human hair. It cuts through your oral tissues easily, with a high degree of accuracy and minimal tissue trauma. Because of this, your post-surgical pain and swelling are greatly reduced. The laser also cauterizes as it cuts, which helps to limit the amount of bleeding you experience during your procedure.
How Laser Dentistry Works
The laser is an extremely versatile tool. We can adjust the wavelength of the light beam, which allows us to use it for a variety of different purposes, including making incisions and removing tissue, allowing us to customize your treatment plan. The light is the only thing that interacts with your oral tissues. It is extremely precise and can cut just a few cells at a time, which helps to reduce tissue trauma.
Other Uses for Laser Dentistry
Oral surgery isn’t the only procedure that laser dentistry can be used for. There are several other purposes:
- Periodontal treatment. When you have gum disease, your gum tissue becomes inflamed. This can prevent us from performing a treatment known as scaling and root planing. With laser dentistry, we can remove the infected tissue, making a thorough cleaning possible.
- Elimination of tooth decay (and preparing a cavity for a filling).
- Preparation of a tooth for a dental restoration (removing enamel for a crown or veneer).
- Teeth whitening.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are many benefits that come with laser dentistry:
- Your bleeding is significantly limited during your procedure.
- Minimal tissue trauma means less pain and swelling while you heal.
- The laser is extremely precise.
- It can stimulate new soft tissue and bone growth.
- Reduced anxiety. Because there is less pain (a deterrent for many patients with dental anxiety), you can remain calm and relaxed during your procedure.
Is Laser Dentistry Safe?
Many patients wonder just how safe it is to use a laser for oral surgery (or any dental procedure). We are highly trained and have a significant amount of experience using this tool. There is no more risk with the laser than using any other tool for other procedures. The biggest risk involved with laser dentistry is using the wrong wavelength, but our training and expertise help to reduce this risk greatly. The light is also intense, so we provide you with a special pair of protective glasses to wear during your treatment.
Laser dentistry has allowed us to improve the quality of your oral care greatly. Call National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780 for more information.