When it comes to dentistry, the procedures used within the medical science have been progressing by leaps and bounds. Where once the idea of a trip to the dentist was considered stressful thanks to frightening drills and other dental instruments, the advent of laser dentistry has changed everything. Now, a visit to the dentist doesn’t have to be something you dread but instead something you might even look forward to. Patients in the Maplewood and St. Paul area have access to this progressive and less stressful dentistry at Henrickson Dental.
Lasers have been commonplace in dentistry for longer than you might think – the first treatments using lasers began in 1990. The instrument produces a highly focused beam of light that’s incredibly narrow and highly energetic – this laser beam can be used for a wide variety of dental procedures ranging from looking for cavities, cleaning and whitening teeth, shaping tissue, or removing it altogether, all dependent on the energy level of the laser. High powered lasers can actually correct damage or perform surgical procedures the same way a dental drill can, while low-powered ones are perfect for identifying problems such as cavities before they are visible or in hurrying along the whitening process by activating specially formulated bleaching gels that are sensitive to the wavelength of laser light that the dental tool emits.
Here’s a short list of what lasers have been used for in oral medicine and dentistry:
Using laser dentistry methods can have several advantages when compared to more traditional methods. There’s no need for anesthetic or even a drill in many procedures, which lets patients with high anxiety relax and have their fears soothed. Laser dentistry is often able to perform procedures with more precision, shorten healing times and reduce symptoms associated with traditional treatments, control excess bleeding during oral surgery, and even reduce bacteria levels in cavities and diseased gum tissue alike. Additionally, laser dentistry is just as safe as other dental instruments when in the hands of a trained dental professional. The only precaution you’ll likely need is to don a pair of special eyewear to protect your vision from continued or accidental exposure to the laser beam.
If you’re interested in laser dentistry, speak to your oral care provider. While the dental instrument is a highly useful one, there are some specific cases in which laser dentistry may not be appropriate. If you have more specific questions, feel free to call Henrickson Dental at (651) 777-8900 or fill out our online form. If you’re in the Maplewood or St. Paul area, feel free to schedule an appointment to come in. Our highly skilled and experienced professionals, Dr. Mike Henrickson and Dr. Sheryl Tandon, will be more than happy to meet with you and discuss your treatment options including laser dentistry.
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