The benefits of using lasers in modern dentistry

Feb 14, 2023 | Blog

The advancements in modern dentistry have made performing procedures such as root canals, fillings, and other oral surgeries much easier, less painful and ultimately more comfortable for the patient. More specifically, the advancement in laser dentistry has been at the forefront of these improvements. In this blog, I will talk about the benefits of using LightWalker lasers in general and cosmetic dental treatments. 

What is laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry is a new and effective way of conducting routine dental procedures that are safer and less painful for patients. LightWalker lasers are successful in treating all types of tissue,  enabling dentists to perform less invasive, more precise dental restorations. This laser generates up to 100 pulses per second, working much faster than a drill, but never actually touching the tooth, resulting in less anesthetic and fewer shots. This translates into less pain and discomfort for the patient and no numbness after a procedure. This is great for kids and those nervous about getting needles. Lasers employ some of the latest dental technology available, to provide you with dental treatments that almost always result in quicker healing, less bleeding, and less postoperative pain. This also results in a far more superior outcome.

The advantages of using LightWalker lasers

LightWalker lasers are highly versatile and improve the quality of your dental treatment for many soft and hard tissue procedures. The laser light waves are focused precisely on the specific hard or soft tissue so that only damaged, decayed, or excessive tissues are removed. This high level of precision allows the dental practitioner to assess oral health concerns while preserving the greatest amount of healthy tooth enamel and tissue. This form of treatment offers you the following benefits over treatments performed with a drill: 

  • Faster and better healing
  • No drilling sound or vibrations
  • Minimally invasive – preserves natural tooth structure
  • Increased comfort
  • Greater accuracy and precision
  • Improved bond strengths resulting in longer-lasting fillings
  • Reduced trauma to healthy portions of the tooth
  • Less bleeding and swelling
  • Less chance of post-op infections
  • Reduces dental anxiety in many patients
  • Virtually no needles

Even dental hygienists will use this type of laser to perform periodontal therapy; a highly effective treatment for advanced stages of gum disease. The laser also stimulates the body’s natural defence mechanism to enhance healing and reduce recovery time. This achieves new levels of success in the battle against periodontal disease and protects your overall health. In many cases, the use of the laser will allow the patient to avoid the need for gum surgery, thus cutting down your time sitting in the dental chair.

Next steps

If you are curious about laser dentistry, seek out a registered dental practitioner such as Dr. Salyani at Collingwood Dentistry who specializes in this type of treatment. Although not all dental practices offer these types of services, it may be worth the travel time to have a smoother, less painful appointment the next time you go to the dentist.