Laser Dentistry in Lyons And Inman, KS

Laser dentistry refers to the use of laser technology to treat a number of different dental conditions. The principal role of lasers is to remove or alter hard or soft tissues in accordance with the dental procedure within which the laser is being used.


Dental lasers use focused beams of high-energy light to fulfill their purpose. There are several different types of laser, and which will be used in your dental procedure will depend on the work that you are having done. Soft tissue lasers can be used to cut and remove soft gum tissue while hard tissue lasers are capable of cutting through much tougher materials, such as the teeth themselves.


Dental problems that laser dentistry can be used to treat

Laser technology may not be able to be utilized in every type of dental procedure, but there is a wide variety of problems that they can be successfully used to treat. These include:


Decay.

Lasers can help address decay by cutting and shaping the tooth enamel with greater precision and accuracy than regular dental drills. Laser technology can also be used to eliminate decayed soft tissue during root canal treatment.


Gum disease.

Also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis, gum disease occurs when plaque gets onto the gum tissue and causes irritation. Laser dentistry techniques can be used to cut away infected gum tissue and expose teeth roots to remove plaque.


Tooth discoloration.

Some types of tooth whitening treatment rely on lasers to activate the bleaching agent used to lighten the teeth.


Gum contouring.

An uneven gum line is a common problem, and many people suffer from an excess amount of soft tissue that causes them to have a ‘gummy smile’. Lasers can be used to safely and accurately remove excess gum tissue and improve the appearance of your smile.


Impactions and extractions.

Whether you have an impacted adult or wisdom tooth that needs to be released or you require a badly damaged or decayed tooth to be extracted, lasers can be used to cut away gum tissue that may be in the way.


Obtain biopsies.

If you have an unusual patch of soft tissue in your oral cavity, it may be that we need to take a sample of the cells so that we can ascertain what type of lesion or lump you have. Lasers can be used to accurately remove tissue for testing without disrupting any health areas.


Advantages of laser dentistry

There are a variety of different reasons why an increasing number of dentists are offering (and patients are choosing) laser dentistry procedures wherever possible. Some of the benefits of this technique include:


  • Minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure

  • Reduced risk of bleeding and swelling

  • Reduced risk of infection

  • No need for dental drills

  • Less discomfort

  • Less impact on surrounding healthy tissue

  • Greater accuracy and precision

  • Less risk of human error

  • Reduced scarring

  • Faster healing and recovery

  • Overall improved patient outcomes


We are pleased to be able to offer comprehensive laser dentistry services at our Kansas dental offices. Please get in touch today to find out more or to schedule an appointment.