Laser dentistry is a branch of dentistry that utilizes lasers to perform various dental procedures. The term “laser” stands for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation,” and in dentistry, lasers are used for a wide range of applications due to their precision and minimally invasive nature.
Laser dentistry offers several benefits compared to traditional dental techniques:
- Minimized Discomfort: Lasers can often reduce pain and discomfort during dental procedures, leading to less need for anesthesia.
- Reduced Bleeding: Lasers can promote clotting and reduce bleeding, which is especially useful in procedures involving gum tissue.
- Less Need for Drills: In some cases, lasers can replace traditional dental drills, making procedures less intimidating for patients who fear the sound and vibration of drills.
- Preservation of Healthy Tissue: Lasers can specifically target damaged or diseased tissue, leaving healthy tissue largely untouched.
- Faster Healing: Laser procedures can often result in quicker recovery times and less post-operative discomfort.
- Reduced Risk of Infection: The high-energy light of lasers can sterilize the treated area, reducing the risk of infection.