Lasers have been used in Dentistry since 1990. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that lasers provide safe and effective treatment of a wide range of applications.
The aspect of laser surgery that most people appreciate is its comfort. While no treatment is always painless, the laser may reduce the need for postoperative pain medication and may reduce swelling and bleeding.
Laser dentistry is very safe. When operating within the appropriate guidelines, trained dentists perform procedures that are as safe or safer than other forms of dental treatment. With the correct training and proper eye protection, laser dentistry is very safe.
Laser requires minimum to no anesthesia thus being the best treatment choice for patients having fear of needles. There is a minimum for sutures and postoperative medications after laser treatment. Post-operatively the patient experiences much less discomfort, pain and swelling.
Our patients who may cringe at the sound of the dental drill will find our laser dentistry more calming. Patients with dental phobia find lasers are a less severe presence than a drill. This is because there are no vibrations, the laser is quiet, and gum tissue will bleed and swell less.
Photobiomodulation or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a cascade of events that leads to the photochemical and photobiological stimulation of intracellular enzyme systems. It also decreases inflammation and increases the conversion of ADP to ATP leading to cell proliferation, cell mortality, and growth factor production.
Few indications of Photobiomodulation or Low Level Laser Therapy are as follows:
a) Dentinal hypersensitivity
b) Ulcer healing
c) To relax the tense muscles and reduce the inflammation in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
d) For burning mouth
e) Faster orthodontic tooth movement
f) For speeding up the osteointegration process
According to studies
a) Effective with 9.02 and 8.92 average shade change
b) 74% cases up to 8-10 shades lighter
c) No teeth with less than 5 shades improvement
d) Laser demonstrated better whitening as compared to other commercial light activated systems
Yes, it does. There are basic and advanced training courses, as well as certifications that demonstrate a wide knowledge of skills including theory, safety and laser dentistry technique.