Newtown Dentistry is strongly committed to using the latest innovations in dental care for all of our patients. Among the recent technologies we have integrated into our practice is laser dentistry. This technique has gained popularity in recent years due to its precision, minimally invasive nature, and potential for enhanced patient comfort. By delivering focused beams of light energy, we use lasers in a variety of dental applications, including cavity detection, gum disease treatment, teeth whitening, and even oral surgery.
In an effort to ensure you fully understand the technology, we have gathered the following pros and cons of laser dentistry. Of course, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have so we can help you get the maximum benefit from this latest innovation.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry involves the use of high-energy lasers to perform various procedures with high accuracy and minimal discomfort. The lasers used in dental practice emit different wavelengths of light that can target specific tissues and structures in the oral cavity. The energy from the laser can be absorbed by the targeted area, allowing for more precise cutting and higher preservation of healthy tissue.
When Do We Use Lasers?
At Newtown Dentistry, we utilize laser tools for many treatments, including:
Both our adult and pediatric dentists are committed to providing the highest standard of care with the optimal comfort for our patients. Here are some of the advantages of utilizing laser dentistry:
Minimally invasive treatment: Laser procedures often require less or no anesthesia, reducing the need for injections and resulting in a more comfortable experience for our patients.
Increased precision: Lasers allow us to selectively treat specific areas, preserving healthy tissues while effectively targeting the affected area.
Reduced bleeding: The laser’s high-energy beam aids in clotting blood vessels, minimizing bleeding during and after procedures.
Faster healing: Laser energy promotes the regeneration of tissues, leading to faster healing times compared to traditional methods.
Improved accuracy: The focused laser beam enables precise removal of decayed tissues or bacteria, reducing the risk of damaging surrounding healthy structures.
Decreased need for sutures: Certain laser procedures eliminate the need for sutures, as the laser seals blood vessels and sterilizes the treated area.
Enhanced patient comfort: Laser dentistry often reduces pain, discomfort, and swelling during and after procedures, resulting in a more positive experience for our patients.
Reduced risk of infection: Lasers have antimicrobial properties, sterilizing the treated area and minimizing the risk of postoperative infections.
Versatility: Laser technology can be used for a wide range of dental treatments, including gum reshaping, cavity preparation, root canal disinfection, and lesion removal.
Improved patient acceptance: The potential for a less invasive and more comfortable treatment experience may encourage our anxious patients to seek necessary care.
The Cons of Lasers in Dentistry
While the benefits of laser dentistry outweigh the disadvantages, we feel that you should be fully aware of the cons of laser dentistry so you can make an informed decision when choosing a treatment option. Some cons include:
Limitations on Large Cavities: Lasers may not be ideal for treating certain dental conditions such as large and interdental cavities, severe tooth decay, and root canal infections.
Ineffective on Silver Fillings: Laser dentistry may not be effective in removing silver fillings. Patients who have silver fillings may have to use traditional treatment methods.
Ineffective on Bridges and Crown Restoration: Lasers are not typically used to remove damaged oral restorations like bridges or crowns.
Limited Reach: Laser beams may have difficulty reaching inaccessible areas, such as narrow crevices or areas in the back of the mouth.
Tissue Sensitivity: Some patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity or discomfort following laser treatments, although this is usually temporary.
We offer both our adult and pediatric patients the laser dentistry option as a safer, less invasive, and less painful alternative for several dental procedures. And while some dental practices have increased the cost of a dental visit when lasers are used, Newtown is committed to providing the same advanced technology services to all of our patients by offering our in-house dental savings plan.
It’s important to us that you understand both the pros and cons of laser dentistry. We use an individual treatment approach for each of our patients, with a complete evaluation of your situation to determine if you are a good candidate for a laser procedure. And we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
If you would like to learn more about laser dentistry and how we use it, call us at (215) 774-5496. Or, request your appointment to experience the benefits of the latest technologies in quality, comfortable dental care.