In recent years great improvements have been made to the technology used for dental practices. Laser dentistry is one of the exciting new services that these technological advances have made possible. Lasers can be used for both hard and soft tissues, and therefore have many applications in the medical field. Dentistry is no exception to this.

Most often, lasers are used in the field of dentistry when a patient undergoes oral surgery. Lasers can create precise incisions, and since the lasers can be used to cauterize the wounds as they are being made patients have less recovery time with laser surgery than they would with traditional oral surgery.

Lasers can also be used to address soft tissue; this means that they can be used not only to create incisions, but to clean or sterilize areas of tissue as well. That said, laser dentistry is also used in helping address a patient’s periodontal care.

Most often, lasers are used in reshaping and cleaning the gum line. This does not take the place of regular dental cleanings, which are recommended to take place on a bi-annual basis, and definitely does not replace daily brushing and flossing, but laser bacteria reduction can go a long way in helping patients with gum disease get back on the road to recovery and proper dental hygiene.

Patients often find themselves struggling with inflammation, redness and pain in their gums. If a person’s gums become infected, this can open the body up to a host of other health problems. A round of Laser Bacteria Reduction or LBR can reduce the bacteria causing the inflammation, and allow the patient’s gums the time that they need to heal.

Laser dentistry has come a long way in the last decade, and with time it can only become better and less expensive for both the dentists and their patients.

For more information on laser dentistry, please contact our office at (805) 520-1711.