A Bit About Laser Dentistry

Apex Dental is one of a few Utah dental offices that remains abreast of technological advancements to provide superior patient care. All five of our Utah clinics feature DEKA CO2 dental lasers. These state-of-the-art machines have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in over twenty common dental procedures, and have been proven to promote quicker healing and reduce tissue damage from treatment.

Although the use of low-powered CO2 lasers in dentistry has been approved by the FDA, studies show that only around 5% of dental professionals in the United States employ this state-of-the-art technology

 

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

  • Ability to do more than one procedure in a single appointment thereby saving you time and money
  • Less need for separate surgical appointments
  • Faster healing
  • Less time in the dental chair
  • Less noise than the traditional dental drill
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Less bleeding
  • Less need for anesthesia or injections
  • Better results
  • Reduced sensitivity
  • Less post-operative pain

What is a Dental Laser? 

A laser is a high-technology device that generates a beam of concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth to help your dentist remove areas of infection with great precision and accuracy. The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Laser dental patients are much more comfortable both during and after treatment. That’s because, in many instances, the need for anesthetic injections is reduced and in some instances eliminated, as well as the associated side effects. And that means less time spent in the dental chair!

Are Lasers new to dentistry? 

Shortly after the invention of lasers in the early 1960s, lasers were used experimentally on the teeth and gums. Lasers have been used on a limited basis in hospital dentistry. Recent technological developments have made it possible for lasers to be used effectively in the dental office on patients like you. In fact, lasers are now being used by dentists all over the world.

Are Lasers Dangerous? 

In the hands of a skilled, specially trained dentist, lasers are quite safe. In fact, the primary safety measure necessary during laser treatment is proper protective eyewear. Dental lasers are low-powered, which is essential for treating the delicate tissues of the mouth. In addition, the controlled heat and light of the laser destroys many bacteria and viruses found in the mouth. We routinely are able to use the WaterLase on both teeth and gums with no anesthesia with comfortable results.

What types of procedures can the laser do?

There are many different types of lasers used in dentistry, and their applications vary. The most common use of lasers is for removing dental caries, old composite fillings, sterilizing infected root canals, bone shaping, apthous ulcer treatment, crown lengthening, apicoectomy, periodontal (gum) treatment and oral surgery.

 

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