Imagine being able to get a cavity filled without hearing the scream of a dentist’s drill. Even better, imagine most dental processes being so quick and painless that there’s no need for needle-administered local anesthesia.
It’ll happen soon – assuming your dentist invests in the laser treatment system that was newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Lasers aren’t new to dentistry – they’ve been in use for a while now to whiten teeth and perform biopsies. But the newer laser systems, which were on display this past week at The 36th Annual International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany, can be used on both hard tissues, such as teeth, or on soft tissue like gums.
When your dentist is using the laser the sound of the drill is replaced by a faint background noise, and you don’t get that weird burnt-bone taste in your mouth. You feel nothing – the laser doesn’t even physically touch your tooth.
Since there’s no pain, there’s no need for anesthesia – no waiting around until the numbness sets in and no drooling aftereffects. No bleeding either – since soft and hard tissue issue isn’t being cut (using a new wavelength of 9.3 microns) … instead its evaporated.
About the only dental treatment that a laser doesn’t make easier are root canals. No doubt somewhere, in some lab, a laser is being developed that will address that too.
Researchers are working on other ways to use lasers in dental care. A recent article in “Dentistry Today,” on the new technologies that will shape the future of dentistry, states that lasers will soon almost certainly be able to be used to restore failing implants and loose teeth. Lasers will also be used to reduce what dentists call “perio pockets” which are created when you have your gums pull away from the teeth and form “pockets” that become infected.
Eventually, if a perio pocket is left untreated, bacteria and your body’s own immune system will destroy the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place. The Technology Editor at Dentistry Today says that they are starting to see “remarkable nonsurgical results” using lasers and fiber optic technology.
Bonus: lasers are are biostimulating, which means they encourage healing, and they kill bacteria.
Dentists also hope the new lasers will make them more popular. As noted in a recent Dental IQ article “Eliminating virtually all of the sounds, anesthesia, and pain associated with dental appointments goes a long way toward alleviating dread. Because of this, dental lasers will serve as the primary tool in improving consumer sentiment toward dentists.” To learn more call one of our :DP AtYourService Customer Care Representatives at 1-800-238-5163.