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The Coming Revolution In Dentistry

Aug 29, 2008
Laser dentistry is a different dental treatment modality that is quickly gaining ground among dental practitioners. Laser treatment takes advantage of recent developments in dental technology to produce faster, safer, and less painful treatment techniques that have much less risk than the standard of care. Today we will review the major advantages of laser dentistry over standard dental treatments. We will additionally go into a number of the main reasons why dentists who use lasers remain difficult to find regardless of the dramatic scientific support for the superiority and lack of risk involved with laser dental treatment.

As far as much of the field of medicine has come during the past fifty years, traditional dental treatments are still clumsy and antiquated. An ordinary filling, for example, is actually performed by drilling through the tooth enamel with a hot drill bit. There is substantial danger of tooth fissure in this very common procedure, in which case an eventual loss of the tooth would be likely.

After the hole has been drilled, a bit of metal amalgam or ceramic is jammed into place, with a virtual guarantee that the artificial replacement will wear out and require replacement within a few years. When this time has arrived, there will often be a need for even more damage to the outer layer of the tooth. After the hole grows large enough, a root canal will become necessary. This procedure involves the whole inner section of the tooth getting drilled through, destroying the vital neural tissue that exists there.

Laser dentistry alters this situation quite a bit. A dentist making use of laser equipment to repair a cavity will likely not need to use any anesthetic. There are no mechanical pieces inside the laser dental equipment and also no danger of becoming too hot or of causing a fissure in the tooth. The laser itself kills the bacteria that create the cavity to begin with, meaning there is a substantially reduced chance of ill effects from the procedure. Additionally, a significantly smaller portion of the healthy tooth tissue is ruined by the procedure, and the resulting filling will often be far more durable.

We have discussed the ordinary dental filling as an example, but laser dental technique goes further than just this type of common procedure. Dental lasers also make possible dental surgery that is unusually clean and precise. Procedures that are done using this equipment often have no need for any stitches, result in almost no bleeding, and have a greatly reduced danger of infection because the laser that is used actually kills the bacteria that are living in the area being operated on. Because of this, oral surgery that makes use of laser technology usually heals much more rapidly and much more cleanly than other popular oral surgery modalities.

The primary reason why it is presently quite tough to locate a laser dentistry office is largely because the technology is simply still so new. The equipment is still quite expensive, and there are still only a few dentists who have competence in working with it. Due to the substantially increased safety and effectiveness of these types of treatments, it is virtually guaranteed that they will become more widely practiced within the next decade, as an increasing number of dentists receive training in their use.
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Dallas is a freelance writer and marketer who is helping to connect Tampa Bay locals with high-quality Tampa dentistry, such as a reputable Tampa laser dentists who offer excellent, convenient dentistry services at reasonable prices.
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