Laser therapy uses a laser drill that has a fiber-optic tip. When a laser is sent through the drill and contacts tissue in the mouth, the laser vaporizes the tissue that it touches.
Depending on the laser tool, laser therapy can be used to remove hard tissue, like enamel and dentin, or soft tissue, such as gum reshaping and lesion removal. Laser dental tools are extremely precise, and offer superior results compared to traditional dental tools when used for soft or hard tissue removal.
Hard tissue lasers are typically used for treatments like filling cavities or applying dental crowns. They are used to remove damaged and decayed enamel, and trim the tooth to prepare it for the application of a filling or a dental crown. Some types of lasers can even be used for early cavity detection.
Soft tissue lasers, on the other hand, are used for the removal of tissue from the gums, cheeks and other areas of the mouth. For example, a soft tissue laser may be used to remove a cold sore, or remove a lesion that may need a biopsy. Some types of soft tissue lasers can also be used to clean and disinfect the gums, and treat gum disease.
Do you have questions about laser therapy from Shady Grove Pediatric Dentistry? Check out the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Laser therapy is minimally-invasive and will not cause any pain or discomfort for your children. There will be no need to use a dental drill or traditional dental tools, since lasers can cut through both enamel and soft tissue in the mouth.
Your child will feel very little discomfort throughout the treatment, and there will be little to no bleeding. We will use a topical numbing agent to ensure they are comfortable, but they may still feel some heat from the laser during treatment. This is usually not painful or uncomfortable.
Overall, laser therapy makes it much easier for your child to get the dental care they need and ensures they stay more comfortable, compared to traditional dental drills and other such tools.