Laser dental treatments are carried out using a concentrated beam of light, which can be used to sterilise areas of infection in the mouth and reduce gummy smiles.
Advantages of laser dentistry:
- Reduced bleeding compared with traditional dental treatment.
- Some gum work does not require stitches.
- Faster healing time.
- Anxious patients often feel more relaxed without the need for drills, needles etc.
- Reduced risk of infection, because the laser treatment sterilises the affected area.
- Reduced discomfort and reduced need for anaesthesia in some procedures.
- Improves the success rate of treatment including root canals, particularly for complex root systems.
What can lasers do?
Here are several areas of dentistry in which lasers can be used. These include:
- Repairing gummy smiles
Excess gum tissue can make your gums very prominent when you smile or can make your teeth look uneven in shape or size. Laser treatment can reduce the amount of gum tissue to improve your smile. The precision of the laser means your results will be very even and accurate, and the laser also helps prevent bleeding.
- Sterilisation during root canals
When a tooth has a complex root canal system, lasers can be used to aid the sterilisation process. Parts of the root that are difficult to access with traditional treatment can be sterilised using the laser, improving the chances of a successful treatment.