Most people who are afraid of going to the dentist don’t like having a dental drill in their mouths. However, thanks to recent dental advances in technology, dental drills could be a tool of the past. Dental lasers are taking the place of drills to fill cavities, make incisions, and help restore teeth.
There are two main types of lasers available for dentistry: a hard tissue laser and a soft tissue laser.
Lasers that work on hard tissues use a wavelength that can cut into teeth because the salt in teeth and bone, hydroxyapatite, can absorb it. Water can also absorb the same wavelength.
Hard tissue lasers can make cuts in bone and teeth, which can help our dentists at All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ, reshape teeth or do bone grafts to strengthen the structure of a jaw.
Lasers that can make incisions into soft tissues within the mouth, like gums, use wavelengths that are absorbable by water and hemoglobin. As soft tissue lasers make incisions into tissues, they simultaneously seal the blood vessels and nerves within the tissue.
Lasers in dentistry offer many advantages to patients and our dentists at All Smiles Dental Care.
When incisions are made into tissues, lasers seal the endings of blood vessels so that they bleed less. A dental drill or a scalpel allows for more bleeding because there isn’t a way to cauterize blood vessels as the dentist does a procedure.
Since lasers work more precisely than drills when removing decay in teeth, less of the tooth gets wasted. Drills don’t work as precisely so that a wider, deeper gap is often left in a tooth that needs filling.
By using a dental laser, our dentists in Hazlet, NJ, can offer painless procedures without needing to use anesthesia for many of them.
Visit our practice, All Smiles Dental Care, to get safe, painless dental procedures to repair or improve your teeth.