Laser dentistry refers to any dental procedures that involve the use of a laser. Recent advances in laser technology have allowed many dentists, like those at Pan Dental Surgery, to offer laser treatment. During a dental laser treatment a laser device that transmits a highly concentrated beam of light is used to treat tooth decay, enamel, and gum tissue. Common laser dentistry procedures include oral surgery or periodontal treatment (gum disease, gingivitis) often referred to as laser periodontics, cavity treatment, and teeth whitening.
It has been shown that dental lasers are safe for both children and adults. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several types of dentistry lasers for use on adults and children. Many of the lasers for dentistry are similar or identical in design to other medical lasers that have been used successfully for years in the specialties of ophthalmology, neurosurgery, Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT), and dermatology.
Advantages of Laser Dentistry include:
- Minimal or no anesthesia
- Minimal bleeding
- More controlled swelling
- Reduced postoperative infection/discomfort
- Less chance of infection
- Reduced time in dentist's office
- Less pain
- No noise (like a traditional dentist's drill)
- Enhanced effect of tooth whitening
- No absorption of harmful chemicals
- Improved bonding process
- Quick removal of tooth decay
- Longer lasting fillings
- Faster healing
- Preservation of tooth structure
- A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
- For the treatment of canker sore and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.
Pan Dental Surgery is proud to utilize the Picasso laser from AMD Lasers to provide laser dentistry as an option to their patients. The Picasso soft tissue diode laser delivers clinical results and ease of use with the portable design from AMD Lasers™, LLC. The 810nm wavelength provides the best combination of clean cutting and hemostasis in a wide range of soft tissue procedures. It is known for precision cuts with gum tissue, eliminating bleeding at the site and reducing healing time necessary for the patient. Pan Dental Surgery can also use Picasso to help sterilize canals in endodontics, treat periodontal disease, and aid in tooth whitening. The unit is very small and can be easily moved into every treatment room making it available to all patients.