Austin, TX dentist explains the health benefits of laser dental treatment
For many years, dentists only had loud or painful tools such as drills and scalpels available to treat oral health problems, which understandably led to many patients developing dental fears or anxieties. Fortunately, advances in dental technology have brought lasers to the forefront of dental care, allowing dentists to provide safer, more comfortable treatments and quicker recovery times. Dr. Griffin Cole, dentist in Austin, TX, has invested in the revolutionary LightWalker,® one of the most versatile dental lasers available. Below, he explains the health benefits and other advantages of laser dental treatments.
The LightWalker is the only dental laser that is equipped with both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG capabilities, which means that it can be used to treat both soft and hard tissues. Lasers can be used in a wide variety of oral health applications, including:
- Removing tooth decay
- Preparing the enamel on a tooth for a filling
- Removing bacteria
- Cleaning cavities
- Reshaping gums in “gummy” smiles or after gum disease
- Relieving pain from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD)
- Taking biopsies of suspicious lesions in the mouth
- Relieving canker sore pain
- Tightening the tissues in the airway to reduce the effects of sleep apnea and eliminate snoring
The LightWalker can even be used for anti-aging and cosmetic treatments, such as tightening the skin around the mouth, plumping and smoothing the lips, and tightening the skin on the neck to reduce sagging.
One of the major benefits of a laser – from the perspective of both patients and dentists is the enhanced precision that it offers. Compared to using traditional drills and scalpels, lasers allow dentists to perform treatments more precisely for safer care and better results.
Reduced pain and recovery times
If you are afraid of shots, then laser dentistry could be the perfect choice for you! Numbing shots are typically unnecessary with laser dentistry treatments because they are comfortable without the anesthetic. While the treatment is being performed, the laser simultaneously disinfects the area and seals the tissue, which means there is less bleeding and swelling during the treatment and a reduced chance of infection afterwards. Often, sutures are not necessary after soft tissue treatments, and the laser can stimulate the tissues to regenerate on their own. Surrounding tissues are also less likely to become damaged during treatment with a laser when compared to traditional dental tools.
All of this translates into a quicker, less painful recovery for you!
Although dental drills are still a very viable option for cleaning decayed tissues in your teeth, the sound alone can often be jarring and cause some anxiety. When a laser is used to treat tooth decay, however, many patients are pleasantly surprised when they have had a completely relaxing experience and Dr. Cole tells them their treatment is complete!
Less time in the dental chair
Because there is no need to administer anesthesia and wait for it to take effect with most laser procedures, the time you have to be in the dental chair is reduced. And perhaps even better, when your treatment is complete, you are not left waiting for hours with a mouth that is half numb. That means you can come in for your dental treatment during even the busiest of days and return to your activities without waiting for your mouth to return to normal.
Learn more in a consultation
If you are suffering from gum disease, tooth decay, or other oral health issues but have been avoiding a trip to the dentist because you don’t want to deal with drills or numbing shots, now is the time to call Dr. Griffin Cole. In most cases, Dr. Cole can use the latest laser technologies to effectively restore health to your mouth. There are certain limitations to the use of lasers, such as when teeth that already have fillings need to be treated, but if a laser is not an option, Dr. Cole will walk through all your treatment alternatives and provide gentle, comfortable care.
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