Dental techniques, technology, and treatments are constantly evolving. As a result, dentistry has come a long way in a relatively short time. One form of dental treatment that owes its existence to evolving technology is laser dentistry. This growing field of dentistry allows your dentist to provide gentle and incredibly precise care through the use of laser light. There are many reasons why patients in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area and beyond seek out dentists such as Dr. Chris Brady and the team at Dental Health and Wellness for laser dentistry.
There are two primary laser types currently being used in laser dentistry. One laser is used for working with hard tissues and the other is used when working with soft tissues. Each laser operates on a different wavelength, meaning the laser is specifically catered to working with each type of tissue. The reason this works has to do with how the tissues of your mouth absorb wavelengths of light in differing ways. When the laser’s wavelength is altered, it will be made compatible to work on either of these tissues.
A hard tissue laser is primarily used on teeth. A hard tissue laser’s wavelength is set to cut through both water and bone. The calcium phosphate that makes up your bones and teeth is susceptible to this specific hard tissue laser’s wavelength, allowing your dentist to work with extreme precision on your teeth. Your dentist may utilize this laser to cut into your tooth and remove small amounts to prepare a tooth for restorative procedures. A hard tissue laser can also be used to:
The wavelength a soft tissue laser utilizes can be easily absorbed by water and hemoglobin, a molecule found in blood, making this laser perfect for working on soft tissues such as gums. The soft tissue laser is a type of diode laser – a form of continuous wave laser which is ideal for both cutting into your mouth’s soft tissue and sealing any exposed blood vessels simultaneously. This sealing ability is what minimizes bleeding during laser dentistry and helps ensure quicker healing. Soft tissue lasers have become popular for cosmetic procedures due to their speedy results. A soft tissue laser can be used for:
There are many reasons why patients travel long distances to seek out dentists who offer laser dentistry. One primary reason is that lasers can eliminate the need for anesthesia due to the minimal levels of discomfort they cause. As the laser is used in your mouth, it seals nerve endings as it separates tissues. This results in a wound that is instantly cauterized and causes minimal discomfort. The elimination of drills or needles may also reduce the level of fear or anxiety associated with visiting the dentist. As an added benefit, no stitches are required after a laser procedure. This makes laser dentistry great for adults and children alike!
If you are interested in learning more about what laser dentistry can offer you, reach out to Dr. Chris Brady and the team at Dental Health and Wellness in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To schedule an appointment today, please call (719) 215-9292.