What is the dental laser?
The word laser is an acronym for the English words “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” which means “Amplified Light by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” or, in other words, a beam of highly energetic light, with specific properties, and with the ability to interact with the irradiated tissue achieving a therapeutic effect.
The laser technology is of recent appearance although it was not incorporated in the field of Medicine in the 60s and later in Dentistry. It is a beam of concentrated light that, transmitted through an optical fiber, impacts in a soft and pulsating way on a surface, in this case the buccal mucosa or the tooth.
Laser dentistry is a state of art and not very common dental procedure. This procedure minimising pain and recovery time for patient. If you are anxious about dental pain and you want safety and painless treatment, then you should ask your dentist about this procedure.
If you are going to undergo laser surgery, at dental clinic in Dubai you can expect an easier procedure and a shorter recovery time. Laser dentistry is a very convenient solution for many oral and dental problems, either severe or simply cosmetic. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry the next time you need a full dental job.
How many dental lasers are there?
In fact, in the market we can find different types of lasers that, depending on the wavelength in which they transmit will produce some effects or others. A simple classification would be the low and high power lasers. The low power lasers are those that are going to be used, mainly, for their biomodulatory, analgesic and anti-inflammatory action. High power lasers are those that produce visible physical effects, and which are used as substitutes for cold scalpel or conventional rotary instruments. The best known low power lasers are:
- As, Ga (Gallium Arsenide)
- As, Ga, Al (Gallium and Aluminum Arsenide)
- He, Ne (Helium-Neon)
- High power lasers available in the dental market are:
- Nd: YAG
- Nd: YAP
- Ho: YAG
- Er, Cr: YSGG
- Er: YAG
At Abad Clinic we have an Er, Cr: YSGG laser to work on hard tissues and a diode laser for soft tissues
What kind of procedures can be performed with the laser?
Basically we can use them for hard tissues, such as bone or tooth and for soft tissues. Today there are many applications in which the laser can be used depending on the device that we are using. Thus, and in summary form we can use it in the following dental specialties:
1.- Conservative Dentistry: for the realization of caries or elimination of old fillings.
2.- Periodontics:as an assistant to the treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis due to its high bactericidal power, gingival depigmentation …
3.- Periodontal surgery: to perform gingivectomies, crown lengthening and as a coadjuvant treatment for bag removal surgery.
4.- Oral Surgery: to perform any removal of diseased tissue, due to its ability to clot and in which no points will need to be given.
5.- As Biomodulatory Therapy for the preventive treatment of post-surgical pain and inflammation (eg, wisdom teeth ), canker sores, cold sores, treatment of the temporomandibular joint, dentin sensitivity, etc.
6.- Dental bleaching:The effect of laser light accelerates the chemical reaction of the applied gel.
Is the treatment painful?
The vast majority of patients are really comfortable during the treatment. In fact, part of the treatments do not require the use of anesthesia. However, sometimes there may be some sensitivity, when the caries process is very advanced, or when you have to go deeper into the tissue. Sometimes, with the application of an anesthetic gel is enough.
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Is the use of the laser safe?
Completely. However, eye protection – with special filter glasses – is essential for both the professional, the patient and the assistant.
Was the turbine completely replaced?
No, since when there is cavities around an amalgam, we are forced to use the turbine to eliminate it, and then, we continue with laser to eliminate decayed tissue and any bacterial residue. Nor can we do without the turbine in prosthetic works where large carvings are needed and where a smooth texture is needed as it is in the preparation of a crown.
What are the advantages of a laser-fixed tooth versus another that is repaired with a turbine?
There are many, among them there are biological, aesthetic and psychological advantages. Among the first ones we can mention that the action of the laser is extremely precise and precise, so that it is not necessary to eliminate large amounts of healthy tissue, as happens with the passing of a strawberry rotating at high speed. In addition, the laser-irradiated tissue is sterilized, which guarantees that there will be no recurrence of decay under that restoration. With regard to aesthetics, all cavities treated with laser are cured with materials based on resins that harden under the effect of halogen light, which adhere to the tooth by 50% more than in cases not treated with laser. With reference to the psychological advantages, the patient comes relaxed and calm knowing that he will not feel pain, noise or punctures associated with the use of the turbine.
Is the blue light used by many dentists laser?
No. The halogen light device is an instrument used to start the hardening of certain sealing materials. It has no action on the tooth, since it is a simple “lamp”.
Is Laser Dentistry Known?
The dental laser is considered a “new tool”. However, in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia, they treat thousands of patients daily. In Spain, the incorporation of the laser in the Dental Clinics is progressive, but slow, although it is still a technology that does not exceed 10% of the professionals who have it.
Why is it called Dentistry of the 21st Century?
If science and technology can achieve satisfactory results and these coincide with the wishes of our patients, the goal is doubly fulfilled. Due to the effects they produce on tissues, and how they are produced, we would speak of an appliance that offers comfort for both the patient and the professional.
Our goal in incorporating this new tool was to provide our patients, what they were always asking for: Dentistry without suffering.
What else can I expect from the laser?
Fundamentally, the absence of noise and vibration, as occurs with the turbine and the tranquility of having durable treatments, aesthetic and without postoperative pain. In the case of small surgeries in the gums, bleeding and inflammation is significantly reduced, and finally, it is worth noting that, sometimes, anesthesia is not necessary, which saves us a few punctures.
Is the treatment expensive?
Not necessarily. We believe that this technology should reach as many people, therefore, although the value may be somewhat higher than with conventional procedures, usually the professional will use it more as a tool to increase the comfort of their work and to ensure that your patient is more comfortable when performing the laser treatment.