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Laser Dentistry

 

The latest generation of dental lasers have revolutionized dentistry with treatments that are faster, more effective and more satisfying to patients. 


Laser dentistry can be used to treat a wide range of oral health conditions, from tooth decay to discoloured teeth.


They can help reduce discomfort, shorten treatment times and minimise complications. Laser dentistry treatments may be performed entirely with the help of lasers or they may involve the use of other dental instruments.


What is laser dentistry?

Lasers are a relatively new feature of dentistry. Dental lasers use focused beams of light to remove or reshape tissue during restorative treatments, cure bonding agents and activate bleaching agents during teeth whitening.

Dr Wallace has completed specific training to become qualified in the use of lasers. Dentists who use laser treatments have a detailed understanding of how the technology works, how to use it safely and how to choose the right lasers and wavelengths for different procedures.

Because there is precise control over power output and exposure times, laser dentistry can help enhance treatment outcomes. Lasers can help reduce bleeding and swelling, as well as the risk of infections. In some cases, they can help prevent healthy teeth and gum tissue from being affected during the procedure.

Laser treatments can reduce or eliminate the need for dental drills, which may also help you feel more at ease.


What can be treated with laser dentistry?

Many restorative treatments and cosmetic dental procedures now incorporate lasers.


Laser dentistry can be used to treat:

  • Tooth decay – Lasers can help cut and shape tooth enamel more efficiently than dental drills when preparing a tooth for a filling. Lasers may also be used to help a filling bond to the tooth. or to remove decayed tissue during root canal treatment.
  • Gum disease – Diseased or inflamed tissue can be cut away with minimal effect on the healthy tissue.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth – Lasers can help cut away gum tissue to expose wisdom teeth that have only partly erupted or are stuck (impacted) in the gum.
  • Sensitive teeth – Dental lasers can help seal tubules in tooth roots to reduce the tooth's sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) – Low-level lasers can help reduce pain and inflammation in the TMJ and surrounding tissues.
  • Stained or discoloured teeth – Lasers are sometimes used in professional tooth whitening  to activate the bleaching agent and speed up the whitening process.
  • Mouth ulcers – If you have a persistent ulcer or lesion in your mouth, lasers may be used to help reduce pain or to remove tissue for a biopsy.


What are the benefits of using laser dentistry?

There are many advantages to using lasers in cosmetic and restorative treatments compared to traditional methods. 

Laser dentistry may help avoid anaesthesia or stitches. Additionally, it can help:

  • shorten treatment duration and recovery time
  • minimise bleeding and swelling during surgery
  • reduce scarring of surrounding tissues
  • reduce the risk of infections
  • guide tissue regeneration
  • reduce discomfort and anxiety
  • Little or no bleeding surgical procedures, with simultaneous disinfection



Key Treatments

NightLase®

Conservative Dentistry

Endodontics

Oral Surgery

Peri-implantitis

Periodontics

Tooth Whitening