Lasers were, at one time, only seen in science fiction movies or scientific laboratories.
Technology has advanced significantly; we now see lasers in use all around us, in CD and DVD players, bar code scanners in supermarkets and now in dentistry.
Below are some of the questions frequently asked regarding lasers and dentistry.
What will the laser be used for?
A soft tissue laser is used for a wide range of treatments from periodontal treatment and gum related surgery through to the treatment of mouth ulcers.
Will it hurt?
During treatment patients are aware of the laser device being used but generally experience no pain.
Will it be noisy?
Unlike a dental drill, a laser is quiet in use, there is no vibration or high pitched noise.
Will the drill be used as well?
This depends upon the treatment being performed. Generally the laser is used as part of an overall treatment plan that may or may not require the use of the drill.
Is laser treatment available on the NHS?
No, currently dental laser treatment is only available as private treatment.
Is laser treatment safe?
Dental lasers are safe in use and are specifically designed to perform dental treatments. As with all laser treatments your dentist should provide you with suitable eye protection.
What have other patients said about this sort of treatment?
Most patients are quite pleased relaxing and enjoyable! Because if there is nothing touching you - apart from the laser beam - there is no pressure and NO vibration, even when drilling deep into a tooth.
Laser treatment, summary of benefits:
Quiet in use
Less need for anaesthetic
Increased comfort during treatment
Reduced need for sutures
Reduces risk of post-operative infection
Minimises post-operative discomfort and bleeding
Reduces treatment time
Reduces post-operative healing time