Laser  Dentistry: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

Laser Dentistry: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Laser dentistry is a successful method of performing various measures on the teeth. It can be effective only when the dentist can control the power output and simultaneously monitor the time period for which the tissues are exposed to the laser. This allows the treatment to be performed on a particular part without causing damage to the surrounding tissues. It is still not a commonly used treatment and very few dentists, like those at Maple Hill Family Dentistry are actually skilled enough to perform it. It involves minimum pain and also requires lesser recovery time.

How is the treatment done?

The hard tissue measures comprise of cavity detection, dental fillings or treatment of tooth sensitivity. For initial cavity detection, low intensity soft tissue dental lasers are used. This is done by providing a reading of the by-products produced by tooth decay. Lasers can kill bacteria located in a cavity, consequently improving long term reinstatement of the teeth. The soft tissue measures include crown strengthening. Using lasers gum tissues and bone are reshaped. It provides a better foundation for placing restorations. Dental lasers help to restructure the tissues of the gum and provide a person healthy tooth structure. This, further, improves the appearance of his/her gummy smile.

Who is eligible for the treatment and who is not eligible?

Anyone who wants to treat cold sore, root canal infection or gum diseases or even wants to reshape their gums is eligible for this treatment. However, people with filling already present or those who wish to use laser for common procedures like filling cavities are not eligible.

Are there any side effects?

There may be side effects solely from the usage of anesthesia or complications may arise if lasers are used for common dental procedures.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Proper cleaning and caring instructions need to be followed and brushing and flossing should be avoided in that portion for two weeks.

How long does it take to recover?

Laser treatments heal fast and the general pain can be assumed to subside in 14 days.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Depending on the complexity, the price could range from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 30000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

As long as proper care is done, the results are seen for long term but bad food habits and unhealthy life style can harm the teeth again.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Softer tooth brush and less acidic food can reduce sensitivity of teeth while dental crown procedures and frenulotomy are used for other dental treatments.