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The Dentist's Office Becomes Less Painful

Aug 29, 2008
Laser dentistry is an up and coming dental treatment modality that is quickly gaining ground among dental practitioners. Laser dentistry takes advantage of new developments in laser surgery to provide faster, safer, and less painful dentistry experiences that have much less risk than traditional treatments. In this article we will go over some of the benefits of laser dentistry over other popular dental treatments. We will furthermore examine a number of the main reasons why dentists who use lasers are still so difficult to find despite the dramatic empirical support for the effectiveness and great safety profile of laser dental treatment.

As far as much of the medical field has advanced over the last fifty years, ordinary dental treatments are still clumsy and antiquated. For example, a regular old filling requires boring through the enamel of your tooth with a tiny drill bit. There is a real risk of permanent damage to the tooth in this simple treatment, in which case the tooth would eventually be lost.

After the hole has been drilled, a little glob of metal amalgam or ceramic is placed into the gap in your tooth enamel, with a virtual guarantee that the filling material will wear out and require replacement in a relatively short time. By the time that is the case, there will frequently be a need for additional drilling. After the hole becomes deep enough, a root canal will be necessary. This means the whole middle section of the tooth getting drilled through, removing the delicate neural tissue that lies within.

Dental laser treatment changes this sequence of events quite a bit. A dentist making use of laser equipment to give you a filling will likely not need to use any anesthetic. The laser tool has no moving parts and also no danger of becoming too hot or of destroying the tooth. The laser actually kills the bacteria that cause the cavity in the first place, meaning there is a substantially reduced chance of complication after the procedure. Also, hardly any of the undamaged tooth tissue is ruined by the procedure, and the resulting filling will likely be much more resilient.

This article has used your basic cavity repair as our example, but laser dental technique extends far beyond this type of everyday procedure. Dental lasers also allow for dental surgery that is unusually clean and precise. Procedures that have used these technologies often present no need for sutures or stitches, cause almost no bleeding, and have a greatly reduced danger of becoming infected because the laser that is used actually cleans off the bacteria that are living in the area being operated on. Because of this, oral surgery that is performed with laser technology tends to heal much more quickly and much more cleanly than ordinary oral surgery modalities.

The main reason why it is presently so hard to locate an affordable laser dentist is because the field itself is still so new. The equipment remains quite expensive, and there are yet a fairly small number dentists who have achieved competence in making use of it. Because of the substantially improved safety and effectiveness of these treatment modalities, it is almost certainly assured that they will become more widely available as time goes by, as an increasing number of dentists become trained in their use.
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