Laser technology has been central to every dentist’s oral hygiene arsenal for over two decades, and advancements continue to be made. When they were first introduced to the field, dentists could only treat soft tissues such as gums, but innovations now make it possible to treat a range of hard tissue (jawbone and teeth) conditions. In addition to cleaning and curing these problems more effectively and efficiently, they are also much less invasive and thus more comfortable for patients.
Lasers are becoming increasingly important in the field of dentistry.
The age old fear of the dentist that so many people have stemmed from dental visits that relied on traditional hygienic tools, now has a far less impact on patients. Knowing that you can have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled quickly (in a few minutes in some cases) and in a painless fashion is far more attractive to individuals. As such, it is in no small way that laser technology has had a considerable impact on making more people keep up on their routine dental check-ups.
The Difference Between Hard and Soft Tissue Lasers
In a general sense, soft tissue lasers are intended to treat periodontal conditions, which include oral surgeries such as frenectomies and biopsies. The wavelength intensity of the beam is calibrated specifically for these purposes, which is why it is imperative that dentists have a thorough working knowledge of their equipment and expertise in their use. The most common ailments that soft tissue lasers treat are:
- Removing oral sores or lesions
- Extending crown lengths
- Applying enamel sealant to make teeth less sensitive
- Correcting dental implants that are exposed
- Cutting jaw bone (for surgery prep and other applications)
Some lasers like the LightWalker All-Tissue Dental Laser are engineered to be an all-purpose solution. They can be used to treat both soft and hard tissue afflictions; the convenience of having one device saves dentists time and money, and facilitates and the treatment process for patients.