29 APRIL 2021
Is Laser Dentistry the Future of Dentistry?
Dental care is heading into a bright new future thanks to laser dentistry, which offers multiple advantages for patients.
Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) made its dentistry debut in the early 1960s and was initially regarded as a luxury with limited possibilities.
However, the intensive research that followed led to developments that have resulted in pain-free laser dentistry becoming available to more and more patients, including those needing a root canal.
Laser Root Canal Treatment
In delivering energy in the form of light, lasers can be used in dentistry to act as a cutting tool and vaporise damaged tissue.
This makes laser dentistry an ideal state-of-the-art procedure for root canal treatment to save an infected or otherwise severely compromised tooth.
Ditching the drill in favour of laser root canal technology enables greater precision and makes for a far more comfortable experience for the patient.
Other advantages of laser-assisted root canal treatment include:
- Reducing the need for anaesthesia.
- Lessening patients’ anxiety.
- Minimizing bleeding and swelling.
- Faster recovery.
Laser root canal costs depend on the complexity of the case and start from $950.
Other Applications of Laser Dentistry
Besides root canal treatment, dentists today are also using lasers to treat a range of other oral health problems, offering patients a considerably less invasive procedure and higher levels of comfort.
Lasers are particularly benefiting patients with gum disease and others looking for a cutting-edge option to get a sparkling smile.
LANAP Treatment for Gum Disease
LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure) allows greater precision in removing diseased gum tissue while leaving healthy tissue intact.
It eliminates the need for conventional periodontal surgery, and recovery is practically instantaneous.
Laser Teeth Whitening
When used as a teeth-whitening treatment, lasers act as a heat source to enhance the effect of bleaching agents.
The laser speeds up chairside teeth whitening by activating the peroxide bleaching solution applied to the tooth surface.
Looking to the Future
Dental experts predict that the benefits of laser dentistry will continue to evolve, with the technology playing an increasingly important role in modern dental practice.
Dental laser technology is likely to continue to become more user-friendly and less costly, and, as more practices recognise its advantages, it should become more widely available to the public.
For instance, as well as root canal work, periodontal treatment and teeth whitening, laser dentistry is already being used for diagnosis of tooth decay, biopsies to detect oral cancer, to remove lesions in the mouth, and in dental hygiene procedures.
Continuing advances in laser dentistry are likely to further expand its use in the types of procedures that can be performed.
Overcoming Patients’ Fears
Dental laser technology will continue to be a key aspect as dentistry moves towards more precise, relaxing and pain-free treatments with accelerated healing.
This is likely to encourage many more people to get the dental treatment they need but may have been avoiding due to dental anxiety or dental phobia.
Unlike dental drills and other standard dental tools, dental lasers offer a quiet, non-invasive option by creating a focused beam of light to remove damaged hard and soft tissue – an attractive proposition for all nervous patients.