When you need dental care, we strive to provide you with the best treatment possible. Our goal is to help ensure your optimal oral health while also making sure that you are completely comfortable. To achieve these goals, we utilize some of the latest technology that the dental field has to offer. At Advanced Dental Associates, one way we can help is with laser dentistry.
A Brief History of Lasers in Dentistry
The idea behind the laser came about from Albert Einstein. The first laser was then built in 1959. In 1963, the first medical grade laser came about.
Lasers were also becoming a tool of interest to the dental field. The first dental lasers used ruby as a medium and could vaporize tooth enamel. Eventually, developments were made that led to the use of CO2 and Er:YAG lasers. The first dental laser system meant for clinical use was released in 1990. While they have yet to receive the ADA seal of approval, dental lasers have been cleared for use by the FDA.
How Lasers Work
The laser is an acronym. It stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. It is a tool that emits a very thin, concentrated beam of light. Once the laser comes into contact with your tissue, whether it is hard tissue or soft tissue, a reaction occurs. This reaction then allows for tissue removal and tissue reshaping, enabling us to perform a variety of different procedures without the use of a scalpel.
Soft Tissue Lasers
A soft tissue laser is one that allows us to treat the soft tissues of your mouth. The wavelength of this laser is absorbable by water. It is also absorbed by hemoglobin. Using these lasers, we can remove gum tissue, which can help to treat a gummy smile as well as allow for the proper placement of crowns or fillings at the gum line. The gum line can be reshaped and evened out. We can remove a portion of an abnormality on your soft tissue for a soft tissue biopsy. We can also perform some types of gum disease treatment with these lasers. Using a soft tissue laser, we can disinfect the spaces between your gums and your teeth, seal pockets, and even promote new tissue regeneration.
Hard Tissue Lasers
A hard tissue laser is one that is used to treat the teeth and bones. The wavelength of these lasers is absorbable by hydroxyapatite. Using a hard tissue laser, we can remove tooth structure to prepare it for a filling, bonding, or veneers. This type of laser can also remove bone that might be getting in the way of an effective crown lengthening or help to treat sensitive teeth.
Is Getting Treatment with a Laser Safe?
While dental lasers have yet to receive the ADA seal, they have received the seal of approval from the FDA and regarded as safe for use. We are also highly trained and experienced in the use of dental lasers, and can take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety during your treatment.
For more information on laser dentistry, and to find out if treatment with a dental laser is right for you, call Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 714-5589 today.