How Could Laser Dentistry Benefit You?

How Could Laser Dentistry Benefit You?

Dental lasers have been used since 1989, and they’re currently FDA-approved for many different procedures. Lasers focus light energy into a strong, narrow beam of a single wavelength. When the beam hits a tooth or gum tissue, it can remove or reshape that tissue.

Drills, scalpels, and probes have been standard dental equipment for decades, but laser dentistry can provide a more precise, comfortable, and efficient option for treating both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.

At Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc. in Saratoga, California, Dr. Kiran Rapal is highly skilled in using advanced, in-office laser technologies to provide a less anxiety-producing experience for her patients that also reduces the risk of infection and speeds the healing process. Here’s what she wants you to know about how laser dentistry can benefit you.

The different types of dental lasers

Dental lasers come in two different types: hard and soft. Dr. Rapal uses only soft tissue lasers in her practice.

Soft tissue lasers use light wavelengths absorbed by water and hemoglobin; the latter is a protein found in red blood cells that binds to oxygen. Since the lasers seal blood vessels and nerve endings as they cut through the tissue, they stop any bleeding. That makes them ideal for treating periodontitis, where they eradicate the bacterial infection and activate tissue regrowth at the same time.

Soft tissue lasers are also effective at removing soft tissue folds without pain or sutures, and they promote faster healing than conventional methods.

Soft tissue lasers are also used for treating a “gummy smile,” reshaping gum tissue and bone to promote healthier tooth structure, detecting and treating tooth decay, treating temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and preparing tissues for restoration bonding to the teeth.

How can laser dentistry benefit you?

Here are some of the many benefits of laser dentistry.

Powerful but safe

Laser light is powerful, but it’s safe when used by a trained dental professional such as Dr. Rapal. She can treat your teeth and soft tissues while making sure surrounding areas remain intact and unharmed.

Less anxiety

Dental anxiety affects some 36% of Americans, with another 12% experiencing extreme fear. Sometimes it’s a result of the sound of the dentist’s drill and the fear of potential pain that invokes. Lasers, though, are much quieter than a drill, and they’re less intrusive. That may make you more willing to come in for routine checkups, so Dr. Rapal can catch problems while they’re in their early stages and can be easily repaired.

Less pain

Lasers produce less pain than many traditional dental procedures — so much so that you might not need anesthesia to fill a cavity or even to have gum work done. In addition, Dr. Rapal can more accurately target the treatment area, so there’s less chance of pain in surrounding tissue.

Preserves more of healthy tooth

Because Dr. Rapal can control the laser’s beam in a more targeted fashion than she can a traditional drill, she may not need to remove as much tooth material when filling a cavity. That’s good, because the more of your natural tooth that remains, the more stable the tooth will be. Large fillings tend to crumble and require additional treatment.

Need dental work but don’t want the pain and anxiety of traditional treatment methods? Kiran Rapal, DDS, Inc. can help with laser dentistry procedures. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call the office at 408-864-7010, or book an appointment online with us today.

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