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Friday, April 27, 2007

Use of Laser in Dental treatment

Dentistry has seen a number of technological advancements in the past decade or so, and one of them is the laser therapy. In the early 1960’s lasers were being used in the treatment of teeth and gum diseases. And since then laser technology has been accepted and used globally. Laser dental treatments ensure low-power, meaning the device is gentle on the mouth.

Using laser in dentistry doesn’t require additional training. Most dentists find it an affordable alternative for patients who are afraid of the drill. The treatment with laser involves generating a beam of light into the oral cavity. This light enables the dentist to eliminate the infected areas with a lot more accuracy. In most cases, it has been found that the patient doesn’t require use of an anesthetic agent thereby shortening the dental visit.

The time span of a laser treatment can vary depending upon the usage. It could last from a few moments to a few minutes. Laser is also very beneficial in surgical treatments offering several significant improvements. The need for anesthesia is reduced, also bleeding and swelling is reduced markedly. The postoperative discomfort is decreased greatly.

A laser doesn’t make any noise and also doesn’t require any physical contact with your tooth. One has to use eye glasses to shield the eyes from the laser. 

Laser has an enhancing effect on bleaching agents, thereby speeding up the process. Natural looking fillings for cavities can be cured in minutes. Laser can be tuned to affect different parts of the mouth, as the various tissues react to different wavelengths of light. By tuning the laser for a specific task the dentist is able to target a problem without causing other side effects. The benefits of laser treatment are numerous and exciting.

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