One of the beauties of life is the diversity of opinions and tastes everyone has. Some people love coffee, while others can’t stand the taste. Some folks love watching sports in person or on television, while others will play sports but wouldn’t dream of watching them on a screen.
The same is true of dental products as well. Most people like minty mouthwashes, but there are some out there that prefer fruit or cinnamon flavors. There are hundreds of types of toothpastes, toothbrushes, and dental floss… each with its own fans.
But if there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s probably this: lasers are cool. What you might not know is that there are several applications for lasers in dentistry, which means that, yes, dentistry (or at least laser dentistry) is cool.
Read on… because lasers!
Lasers produce amplified, focused beams of light that have uses in everyday technologies like printers, barcode scanners, and DVD players, to name a few.
In medicine and dentistry, lasers can be used to cut tissue precisely with minimal pain or risk of infection. Many procedures using lasers don’t require anesthesia, minimize bleeding, and lower the risk of bacterial infection compared to traditional medical or dental instruments.
There are two main types of lasers used in dental offices today: hard tissue lasers and soft tissue lasers. Hard tissue lasers can be used to perform procedures on teeth or bone, much like a traditional dental drill. Soft tissues lasers can be used on gums, reducing bleeding and promoting faster healing in the affected areas.
Dentists can use lasers to:
- Find cavities
- Prepare teeth for fillings
- Reshape gums or treat gum disease
- Remove tissue
- Treat cold sores
- Speed up teeth whitening procedures
While we’ve always loved dentistry, with the growing use of lasers in dentistry, we’re more convinced than ever that dentists and their teams truly are cool!