April 6, 2018
It’s normal to be skeptical of new technology at first, especially in a medical setting. According to your dentist, who now utilizes multiple laser devices in his practice, laser dentistry is the future of treatment. Before going into detail about the benefits, he wanted to explain that laser dentistry in Easton is completely safe and, in a few ways, even safer than traditional dental tools.
When you get treatment in Easton, you rest knowing that your mouth is being cared for by an expert in laser dentistry.
Is Laser Dentistry Safe?
First and foremost, laser dentistry in Easton is considered safe as long as it is performed by a trained professional. It’s as safe as traditional dental tools and even safer in some regards. To make sure you’re protected, your dentist takes all the necessary precautions to prevent any issues from occurring. This means giving you special eyeglasses to wear during your treatment as well as wearing eyeglasses himself.
Safety is always your dentist’s number one priority. If he didn’t think laser dentistry was safe, he would have never made it such an integral part of his practice. In fact, laser dentistry is so safe, it’s been approved for use in pediatric care as well.
Let’s see how laser dentistry stacks up against traditional dental tools.
How Does It Compare to Traditional Dentistry?
Let’s start by looking at the Waterlase laser device from Biolase, a manufacturer of dental lasers. Once you see the differences, you’ll understand where your dentist in Easton is coming from:
Traditional Treatment – Most dentists would use a dental drill and local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, making the patient more comfortable. After injection and waiting for the numbing agent to take effect, your dentist would start drilling. The heat, vibration, and pressure from the contact of the drill would cause discomfort, and in some cases cause more of the tooth to be removed than necessary. After completion, you’ll probably have a numb lip, restricting your ability to eat and speak until the anesthetic wears off.
Waterlase Treatment – Since the Waterlase is more precise, it only removes the infected portions of teeth and nothing else. Waterlase is also gentler, meaning there is less bleeding and little to no anesthetic used prior to treatment. It also means there is little to no discomfort during treatment. After completion, you can resume your regular activities since very little to zero anesthetic was used.
In conclusion, laser dentistry causes less bleeding, requires far less cutting into gums, and therefore improved aftercare.
Which Lasers Does My Dentist Use?
The laser your dentist uses will greatly depend on the treatment you’re seeking. For example, if your dentist is looking for cavities, he’ll use the DIAGOdent laser, which creates a digital readout of your teeth’s density using laser fluorescence. If he needs to remove decay, treat periodontal disease, remove oral growths, prevent gum recession, or treat canker and cold sores, his series of Biolase lasers will get the job done.
Have more questions on laser dentistry in Easton? Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to experience the difference!
About the Author
After earning his D.M.D. doctorate degree, Dr. Jeffrey R. DeMartino attended the International World Clinical Laser Institute from 2003 to 2008. Today, he offers five different dental lasers to perform a wide variety of treatments safely and effectively. To learn more about his practice or how laser dentistry can improve your treatments, contact him at (908) 859-5260 or visit his website.
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