In the last twenty years, laser technology has been quite advanced, therefore, it has also been applied widely in dentistry as well. Dental lasers are now increasingly used as extremely practical devices in dentistry. The reason for this is their multiple application with several important advantages over traditional methods.
What is a diode laser used for in dentistry?
A diode laser is used in many dental procedures. Here are some interventions:
- root desensitization (reduction of tooth sensitivity)
- wisdom teeth circumcision (removing area around wisdom teeth during their eruption)
- sulcus preparation for taking tooth prints for dental prosthetic devices without unpleasant use of threads
- removing excess gum prior to placing composite seal
- opening of implants (before making crowns)
However, the most common interventions in which dental lasers are used are frenectomy, periodontal pockets, root canal treatment and mouth ulcer and herpes treatment. Therefore, these interventions will be more explained in the text below.
Before explaining these interventions, we are going to highlight some of the main advantages over other methods in dentistry:
- There is no bleeding - lasers stimulate coagulation and there is no bleeding
- No sewing – lasers close wounds, so the process of sewing is not necessary
- Painless - laser interventions are performed with little anesthesia or without anesthesia at all
- More precise - the absence of bleeding provides dentists greater transparency, which increases the precision of their work
- Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect - lasers contribute to the destruction of bacteria and the removal of infected tissue
Frenectomy - removal of a frenulum
Frenectomy is a process of removing a frenulum. A frenulum is a fibrous outgrowth in a mouth. There are lingual, labial and buccal frenulums regarding their position in a mouth. A lingual frenulum is located at the joint of a tongue and a mouth, a labial frenulum is located at the joint of an upper lip and an alveolar ridge of an upper jaw and a buccal one is at the joint of a cheek and an upper alveolar ridge. Frenulums are completely normal in our mouth, still if they are more pronounced then they can create certain problems and need to be removed.
A lingual frenulum can lead to a mild disorder of the function of a tongue. The problem can result in speech development problems with children. With adult patients, it is usually an obstacle for prosthetic devices.
With children, a labial frenulum can lead to a gap between upper teeth (incisors) and later the onset of gums recession. In the older age, a labia frenulum can lead to problems with prosthetic devices.
All of these problems are solved by simply removing a frenulum. The laser method is extremely suitable due to its precision. Additionally, due to the absence of bleeding, pain and sewing of wounds, frenectomy by a laser method is especially suitable for children.
A periodontal pocket is a space between gums and teeth that is suitable for the accumulation of bacteria from a tooth plaque. Gum inflammation, gum withdrawal and periodontitis are just some of negative consequences that can be brought about by these bacteria.
A dental laser is an excellent therapeutic solution for periodontal pockets. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect of a laser light contributes to the destruction of bacteria and thus maximizes cleaning of periodontal pockets. Additionally, gums get attached to teeth again. The whole procedure is painless, a patient feels only mild heat.
A laser dental periodontal pocket therapy is an extremely effective first stage for the treatment of paradentosis. This is why this type of therapy is increasingly recommended.
Tooth root treatment
A tooth root treatment removes the infected and damaged pulp from a root canal, after which it is filled with a non-active material. To make the therapy fully effective, it is essential to clean a root canal completely.
A dental laser has its antibacterial effect. The advantage of a laser method over others is that a laser light penetrates all the parts of a root canal, so that the canal can be fully cleaned.
Mouth ulcers and herpes treatment
Mouth ulcers are wounds in a mouth. Their exact cause is unknown, but it is assumed that they appear due to genetic predispositions, as well as stress, poor hygiene, decline in immunity and poor nutrition, a lack of vitamins and minerals. There is no cure for mouth ulcers, but all therapies are used to relieve the symptoms.
If no therapeutic methods are used, mouth ulcers take 7-15 days to heal. If treated with a certain method, they can disappear in 3-5 days. However, a dental laser is the most effective form of therapy. The laser speeds up the healing process. Ultimatelly, mouth ulcers can be completely removed after only one treatment.
Herpes are small wounds caused by a viral infection. They can occur in a mouth on gums, lips or in a throat. Herpes can be very unpleasant: firstly, there is itching and burning sensation, and then there are blisters and scabies. A mouth ulcer and herpes treatment with a laser therapy is very fast and effective. The best laser therapy is at the onset of symptoms. Normally, 1-2 treatments are needed.
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