Benefits and applications of laser dentistry

There are two types of lasers in dentistry :

1. Soft tissue lasers

  • diode lasers
  • carbon dioxide lasers
  • Nd:YAG laser

2. Soft and hard tissue lasers

  • Er:YAG laser
  • Er,Cr:YSGG laser

Benefits of Laser Dentistry :

  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
  • Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting of exposed blood vessels, thus decreases bleeding.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area where surgery is performed .
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
  • Minimal swelling and scarring.
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated quickly.
  • Less post-surgical discomfort and pain.

Application of Laser Dentistry :
Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry Procedures

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Procedures

  • Crown Lengthening
  • Gummy Smile
  • Muscle Attachment
  • Soft Tissue Folds

Other Laser Dentistry Applications

  • Viewing Tooth and Gum Tissues
  • Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
  • Cold Sores
  • Nerve Regeneration: Photobiomodulation can be used to regenerate damaged nerves, blood vessels and scars.
  • Sleep Apnea: 
  • Temporomandibular Joint Treatment

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