While there have been many important advancements in the field of dentistry over the past few decades, laser dentistry is one of the most helpful for both dentists and patients alike. Lasers use focused light to perform many different functions. By adjusting the wavelength of a dental laser, your dentist can use a laser for many purposes.
One of the most common used for lasers is to do work on soft tissues in the mouth such as gums. Previously, a procedure like that would involve surgery, cutting the gums, and considerable amounts of healing time. Lasers completely transform procedures that modify or remove gum tissue. Instead of cutting the gums, lasers can take away thin layers but also prevent bleeding and pain. The intense focus of the laser works to seal the blood vessels and nerve endings immediately. This prevents the procedure from being painful and can often be conducted without anesthesia. The blood vessels being sealed prevents the gums from bleeding during the process.
Laser dentistry is helpful for many procedures such as root scaling and planing. For a cosmetic procedure like gum contouring, the laser is especially efficient. For chronic and/or infected cold sores and canker sores, lasers are perfect for blasting them away.
Some patients may also suffer from being “tongue tied” which is an actual condition due to the connecting tissue under the tongue being too tight. Lasers are great for altering the connecting ligament to allow the tongue more space to move around and lets the patient speak much more clearly.