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Laser Dentistry 101

Written by Red Cliffs Dental on . Posted in Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry

Laser dentistry may seem like an obscure technology of the future, but it was actually invented in 1964 and introduced into dentists’ offices in the 1990’s. Since then, it has become more and more refined and the benefits have become more and more abundant.

However, only 6% of dentists have incorporated laser dentistry into their offices. Lucky for you, Red Cliffs Dental, right here in St. George, Utah, offers a wide range of laser dental procedures!

It’s common to feel skeptical or even a little afraid of new things, so here is everything you need to know about laser dentistry:

How do lasers work?

To start, a laser is a very small, very powerful beam of light energy. The laser causes a reaction that makes it possible to remove and shape tissue. A trained and skilled dentist, like Dr. Olsen at Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, can use that light energy to perform several different kinds of procedures.

What procedures can be performed using lasers?

Well, there are different types of lasers dentists can use depending on the type of procedure. This makes it so there can be a wider range of FDA approved laser dental procedures. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Root canal preparation by reshaping of the gums
  • Filling preparation by removal of tooth decay
  • Gummy smile correction
  • Partially erupted wisdom tooth exposure
  • Cancer screenings
  • Canker sore removal
  • Teeth whitening
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Benign tumor removal
  • Hypersensitivity correction

What are the benefits and advantages of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry is more precise and with none of the pain of traditional procedures. There is often no drill and no anesthesia. The use of lasers eliminates need for an incision or stitches, which results in less bleeding or swelling after a procedure. Laser procedures take less time to perform and the healing time afterwards is significantly shorter. Your chance of infection is much lower with the use of lasers because they sterilize as they work, without using bleach and other chemicals. Lasers can provide an earlier detection of cavities and can create a stronger bond between your tooth and a filling than traditional methods. Overall, lasers can offer you maximum safety and comfort during your dental procedures.

Dr. Olsen and his team at Red Cliffs Dental in St. George, are well trained in laser dentistry. If you want to learn more about the services they can provide, click here or call (435) 414-8452 for a consultation appointment.

 

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