What can be treated with laser dentistry?
Many restorative treatments and cosmetic dental procedures now incorporate lasers.
Laser dentistry can be used to treat:
Tooth decay – Lasers can help cut and shape tooth enamel more efficiently than dental drills when preparing a tooth for a filling. Lasers may also be used to help a filling bond to the tooth. or to remove decayed tissue during a root canal treatment.
Gum disease – Diseased or inflamed gum tissue can be cut away with minimal effect on the healthy tissue. Lasers can also help expose teeth roots to remove plaque.
Impacted wisdom teeth – Lasers can help cut away gum tissue to expose wisdom teeth that have only partly erupted or are stuck (impacted) in the gum.
Sensitive teeth – Dental lasers can help seal tubules in tooth roots to reduce the tooth’s sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) – Low-level lasers can help reduce pain and inflammation in the temporomandibular joint and surrounding tissues.
Stained or discoloured teeth – Lasers are sometimes used in professional teeth whitening treatments to activate the bleaching agent and speed up the whitening process.
Gummy smile – If you want to alter the appearance of your smile, your dentist may recommend using laser treatment to help reshape your gum line and remove excess gum tissue to show more of your teeth.
Mouth ulcers – If you have a persistent ulcer or lesion in your mouth, lasers may be used to help reduce pain or to remove tissue for a biopsy.
Sleep apnoea – If you have severe sleep apnoea due to a tight throat, a laser-assisted uvuloplasty may be recommended to reshape your throat and make it easier to breathe without obstruction.
Restricted tongue movement – Tight or restricted frenula (muscle attachments) can be related to problems with speech or breastfeeding. A laser-assisted frenectomy can be performed to cut these attachments, allowing the tongue to move more freely.