The dental laser instrument sends out an intense, but very narrow, beam of energy. Once the laser light reaches tissue, a reaction forms that removes damaged tissue, or reshapes the tissue — depending on your needs. Laser treatments can be used by themselves to treat a dental issue, or sometimes they’re used in combination with other procedures, like drilling techniques.
The majority of dental and oral issues you may have can be resolved with some sort of laser dentistry. Lasers can help:
Probably not. One of the benefits of using a laser in dental treatments is that it generally causes less pain. Most men and women don’t even need a numbing injection beforehand. Of course, if you are in discomfort, Dr. Nosratabadi can stop at any time to administer a local anesthetic injection.
Depending on your needs, the option to go with either one might exist. Many patients prefer the laser procedure, simply because usually it doesn’t cause the pain that a drill does. Laser dentistry often makes patients feel more comfortable and less anxious — possibly because you won’t have to listen to the noise, or feel the grinding, of the drill.
The laser is also beneficial because it lessens the chances of bleeding during soft tissue treatments. During a root canal procedure, the laser is more likely to preserve healthy parts of your tooth.
Yes. Dental lasers act like a heat source during teeth whitening treatments. Once Dr. Nosratabadi applies the peroxide bleaching solution to your teeth, she uses the laser to activate the solution. This speeds up and improves your teeth whitening treatment, helping you have a long-lasting whiter smile.