How Laser Technology Benefits Dentistry

How Laser Technology Benefits Dentistry

November 18, 2022

The technology revolution has touched every industry, including the medical and dental fields. Laser technology makes a significant difference in dentists’ services to their patients. Using a laser can make patients more comfortable during procedures, and dentists can do them faster. Here are some of the other benefits lasers provide dentistry.

How Do Dental Lasers Work?

Although lasers were introduced to dentistry during the 1960s, recent technological advances refined them to be smaller and more precise. Lasers emit light of a single color, such as blue, and each light wave produced has the same shape and size. The nature of their light produces energy that allows lasers to be accurate and precise.

There are four actions that a laser can take with its light. It can:

  • Absorb
  • Reflect
  • Scatter
  • Transmit

Lasers get their energy from different gases, electronics, or other sources like argon, carbon dioxide, diode semiconductors, hybrid silicone, water, and Nd-YAG.

Lasers can penetrate soft tissues like muscle, ligaments, cartilage, enamel, and bone in dentistry. The dentist can reset a laser as they work to move through different tissues, such as going through the enamel and then bone.

Benefits Of Working With Lasers

Due to the precision and speed of lasers, there is less pain and bleeding when dentists need to cut through the tissue to remove a tooth. For some procedures, sedation may no longer be necessary because the laser causes less trauma, therefore, less pain. Other benefits include:

  1. Multiple Applications – One laser can do many procedures quickly, which means that the dentist saves time and schedules more patients during the day. It also gets patients home faster, and they don’t need to take half a day off work for a procedure.
  2. Fewer Infections – Using lasers helps to reduce bacteria by eliminating it. This outcome means fewer infections, and patients won’t need to be on antibiotics to clear them up. It also means fewer complications because there are fewer infections.

As technology continues to advance, making repairs will be faster and simpler so that everyone can afford to have a great smile.