Evolving technology has led to sweeping advancements in dental treatment, making them more comfortable and precise than ever before. Laser technology in particular has transformed the face of dentistry as we know it, improving the diagnosis and treatment of various oral health issues. They allow for earlier detection of infections, less painful procedures, and swifter healing than ever thought possible before.
Diagnosis and Caries Detection
Laser technologies such as the DIAGNOdent laser shine a light on the tooth surface, causing any bacteria present to shine with a fluorescent glow. It’s fast, painless, and precise, and it is a great asset in preserving your overall dental health.
How does this work? Put simply, bacteria has a tendency to glow when exposed to certain types of light. The bacteria that infect cavities are no exception, so the use of certain laser wavelengths allow dentists to detect cavities and tooth decay that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. This early detection allows for faster, less invasive treatments of tooth decay, ultimately helping preserve the natural tooth structure.
Caries, or tooth decay, were once only treatable with drilling, which often removes more tooth enamel than necessary to eradicate an infection. Lasers are now often used for removing decaying tooth matter, and while they may not be as swift as a drill when treating larger cavities, they do allow for much more precise caries treatment than was previously possible. This makes them ideal for treating minor instances of decay early on.
Treating gum disease once involved extensive cutting, scraping, and stitching of gum tissue, resulting in pain and discomfort over the course of weeks during and after a procedure. It also necessitated multiple visits to complete the surgery and remove stitches later on.
Laser technology, such as the PerioLase laser, allows for much faster and more comfortable treatment of periodontal disease. The laser-assisted new attachment procedure, or LANAP, only requires two visits to complete, after which you have just a couple follow up visits to check on healing. Often, recovery only takes 24 hours or less, making this technology a huge benefit for patients dealing with infected gums.
Many dentists are implementing lasers in their practices, but it takes real skill and experience to implement this technology to its fullest. Dr. Lynn provides skilled laser dentistry to patients, utilizing DIAGNOdent to keep on top of your dental health and prevent serious issues. In addition, he uses PerioLase to give patients swift relief from gum disease. To learn more, contact the skilled dentists at Lynn Dental Care today.