Hygienists with soft tissue laser

Lasers in Dentistry: Discover the Benefits

Our hygienists, Andrea and Natalie recently attended an advanced dental hygiene laser training course.  Upon completion they were recertified and certified respectively in this growing area of dentistry.  As a result of the class their skills and knowledge on lasers has been refreshed and they are excited to put it to good use.  There are so many benefits of using lasers in dentistry and we are constantly training in order to provide the highest quality care for our patients.

What are lasers?

Lasers are extremely focused light beams that can be used precision tools.  They have many applications in medicine including the dental field.   The use of lasers in eye surgery for Lasix is a common example.

How lasers are used in dentistry?

Lasers are now being used in dentistry because they are nearly pain-free and require little or no anesthesia.  Plus, healing time is shorter due to less damage to gums and the increase in collagen production. 

Uses can include reshaping gum tissue, clipping muscle attachments (frenectomy), desensitizing teeth, whitening teeth, and used in addition to non-surgical gum treatment such as scaling and root planing (SRP).  Not only are lasers close to pain free, but they have been proven to have a quicker recovery than traditional treatments alone. 

Within the dental field, the type of lasers used are soft tissue lasers.  They’re used by not only dentists but specially trained hygienists.  However, only a small a small percentage of dental offices have made the investment needed to be able offer laser therapy.

How are lasers used for periodontal disease?

As a result of periodontal disease, the pockets around the teeth are deeper which gives bacteria more room to hide.  Traditional SRP is deep cleaning below the gum line used to treat gum disease.  It’s effective but has limitations.  The good news is lasers are much more effective at removing the layer of bacteria on the outside of the tooth as well as the pocket than SRP alone.   In fact, there was a five-year study of laser-assisted periodontal therapy and according to the findings 80% of those patients were restored to a healthy pocket depth.

Symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Chronically bleeding gums
  • Deeper pockets (areas between gums and teeth) greater than 4mm
  • Areas in the gums or around implants that are resistant to healing

How we’re using lasers at Longmont Dental Loft

At Longmont Dental Loft we’re using lasers for dentistry on a daily basis. Most of our focus is on the treatment of periodontal disease.  For example we use the soft tissue laser frequently when doing deep teeth cleanings.

You can feel comfortable in trusting our highly trained staff to determine if laser therapy would be appropriate.  Questions can be addressed at your next hygiene appointment after a thorough assessment of your gum health. 

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