Fear is the strongest reason for patients to avoid dental care even when they have serious oral health issues that need to be addressed. If the noise of a dental drill or the notion of pain is keeping you away from your appointments, it might be time to find a dentist that takes a different approach to gum disease therapy and other procedures. Here are 6 benefits of laser dentistry in Philipsburg that can make it easier for those with dental anxiety to get the care their smiles need.
1. A Pain-Free Procedure
The heat, pressure, and vibrations associated with traditional dental tools is what causes anxiety in many patients. By comparison, dental lasers cause little if any pain or discomfort during a procedure. In fact, sometimes there’s no need to use anesthesia or a type of dental sedation!
2. Precise Treatment
One of the downsides of using metal tools is that there’s a chance of damaging otherwise healthy gum tissue while treating the diseased area. Dental lasers use a very precise beam of energy that can be directed exactly where it needs to go, allowing more conservative cuts. As a result, there will be much less swelling and sensitivity once the procedure is done.
3. Fewer Infections
Some procedures could expose you to an infection if there’s a wound that remains exposed. However, a laser can significantly lower this risk because it sterilizes the area as it goes along. That means there will be fewer bacteria in your mouth to potentially cause problems later.
4. Less Bleeding
Does the sight of blood make you uncomfortable? You won’t have to worry about that with laser dentistry. The high-energy beams will automatically cauterize your blood vessels while the procedure is being performed, resulting in far less bleeding and reducing the need for sutures.
5. Faster Healing
The precision of the laser combined with its ability to reduce bleeding and sensitivity generally means you can generally expect recovery to be much shorter than it would be normally. The laser can also help stimulate the soft tissues in your mouth and help them regenerate.
You might be surprised to learn that lasers have many different applications when it comes to dentistry. Procedures that can be made smoother with the help of a laser include:
- Placement of dental implants
- Treatment for cavities
- Oral surgery
- Periodontal therapy (treatment for gum disease)
- Canker sore treatment
Thanks to the above advantages, lasers can help you feel much more relaxed about your treatment, and the quality of the care you receive. Ready to head back to the dentist in Phillipsburg after putting it off for too long? Call the office ahead of time to see what role laser dentistry plays at the practice.
About the Author
Dr. Jeffrey R. DeMartino received his training in using dental lasers from HGM Medical Lasers in 1993; from 2003 to 2008 he attended the International World Clinical Laser Institute to learn how to use lasers for restorative procedures on the teeth and to perform periodontal and bone surgery. His practice, the DeMartino Dental Group, uses BIOLASE lasers that can be used for a wide variety of dental treatments. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (908) 859-5260.
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