Laser dentistry has been an increasingly popular way of treating dental patients for 25 years. However, it’s still often misunderstood. If you’re considering laser dentistry but still want more information, consider these common questions and what the facts are behind some of those misunderstood aspects of the practice.
Is Laser Dentistry Safe?
Yes, laser dentistry is safe. Lasers that are used in dentist’s offices in the United States receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA approves the use of laser dentistry for procedures such as tooth whitening, oral surgery, endodontic procedures, and periodontic procedures.
With proper use, the FDA reports that laser dentistry allows for better wound healing, reduced loss of blood, reduced discomfort after surgery, and reduced chances of the wound getting infected. If you have special circumstances or worry that laser dentistry may not be safe for you, discuss the issues thoroughly with your dentist well before your treatment.
Can Laser Dentistry Help With Dental Anxiety?
Whether laser dentistry can help with dental anxiety depends on who the patient is and what they get anxious about. Since laser dentistry can prevent the use of a dental drill, patients who fear that sound may definitely get some relief with laser dentistry. Laser dentistry also helps patients with common fears such as the fear of anesthetics and the fear of pain.
On the other hand, if the patient’s fears are based on something like a fear of their personal space being invaded or the fear of being in the dentist’s office, laser dentistry may not offer much relief. A patient should also communicate directly to the dentist about any anxiety they have about the visit.
Why Are More People Choosing Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry has been growing in popularity as more people understand its uses and benefits. Laser dentistry can decrease the costs for some treatments. It can increase the flow of blood at the site of the dental surgery and reduce the trauma to dental tissue. Laser dentistry can also reduce the amount of germs you encounter during a procedure since it disinfects.
Is Laser Dentistry Painful?
Fear of the unknown is common when it comes to dental treatments. If you’ve never had a dental care professional use laser dentistry as part of your preventative care services, you may wonder if it’s painful. Laser dentistry actually reduces dental pain and discomfort in multiple ways. For one thing, it can desensitize the teeth so that you have less pain without anesthetics.
Laser dentistry also empowers your dentist to complete more complex endeavors such as gum surgery without the use of a scalpel, and that means you may not have to deal with dental stitches. And makes it possible for some treatments to be completed faster. Overall laser dentistry helps cut down on the possibility of dental pain during treatments.
Can Laser Dentistry Prevent a Tooth Extraction?
Yes, laser dentistry does make it possible for dentists to treat some teeth that may otherwise have to be extracted. Whether it will work in an individual situation depends on a variety of factors including the severity of the decay on your tooth.
How Long Will the Laser Treatment Take?
The length of your laser dental treatment will vary depending on the procedure. Because laser dentistry is used in many treatments and each patient’s needs will be specific to their circumstances, it’s impossible to give a blanket estimate. Some basic laser treatments may take less than half an hour, but always ask your dentist about the timing for your treatment.
Finally, don’t put off the preventative and restorative dental treatments that improve the quality of your life. Contact Beck Pearce Dental today with any further questions about laser dentistry. Our caring team is happy to help offer you the information you need to determine whether laser dentistry or one of our other practices is the right fit for your needs and preferences.