If you are also afraid of dental drills, in this article we would like to explain to you the advanced laser treatment in the dental industry and the types of treatments that can be performed with laser. The application of laser in dentistry is the radiation of light energy to soft and hard tissues. Dental laser in surgery acts as a tool for cutting or vaporizing tissue. Laser helps the effectiveness of the surgery performed on the tissue and also shortens the duration of the treatment. In the following, we will tell the types of laser applications in different dental treatments…
Laser (light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation) is a device that receives light from an energy source and amplifies it with special methods in the form of parallel and narrow light beams. The lasers used in dentistry are in the form of hard tissue laser and soft tissue laser. Soft tissue laser only affects the gums. And it does not affect hard tissue like teeth.
Orthodontics is a laser therapy to facilitate orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment is a long-term treatment. The use of laser in therapeutic movements makes the treatment process faster. And the duration of orthodontic treatment is shortened. Note that the laser does not straighten the teeth directly, it only speeds up the treatment process indirectly.
Frenums exist in different parts of the body, which limit the movements of organs. In situations where the frenum in the upper or lower lip is larger and more voluminous than normal, they cause problems. If the frenum is larger, they cause a diastema and a gap between the front teeth. To eliminate the distance between the teeth, the frenum should be removed with the help of a laser or surgery. After that, orthodontic, laminate or composite treatments are used with the diagnosis of the dentist to eliminate the gap. Frenum removal treatment is called frenectomy. Today, laser is used instead of surgical blade for frenectomy.
Another use of laser in dentistry is tooth bleaching. When teeth are discolored, dentists usually recommend teeth bleaching treatment. Bleaching in the office is a bleaching treatment during which the pigments penetrated into the teeth are removed by using bleaching chemicals that are activated by laser radiation.
Some people’s gums may become darkened like brown or black. These spots can be caused by the use of some drugs or genetics and in some cases after a treatment called amalgam tattoo. In this situation, with the method in which the laser is used, the soft tissue of the gums, which includes the black or brown pigments of the gums, is destroyed. In this way, the pigments penetrated in the gums are attacked by laser light.
People who show a large part of their gums when they smile have a gummy smile. In dentistry, it can be fixed with the help of laser. In this way, the excess gum tissue is removed with a laser and the gum is moved back a little.
Among other applications of laser in dentistry, we can mention the removal of oral lesions in the soft tissue of the mouth. One of the most common lesions inside the mouth is oral thrush, which has symptoms such as burning or causing problems when chewing or speaking. Canker sores can be removed with a laser.