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The Pros and Cons of laser dentistry

Are you looking for a dental treatment that is more comfortable than the regular procedures you have undergone recently? You might be in luck as laser dentistry can provide you with this option. However, before you get excited about all the positives of this technology, you should note the following since there are both advantages and disadvantages of laser in dentistry:

  • Laser dentistry cannot be performed on everyone so ask your dentist if you are eligible.
  • You might not be able to get laser dental treatment on teeth that already have fillings or need to be filled in between teeth
  • Do you have a crown or bridge? Your dentist is unable to perform laser treatment on any teeth that have crowns or bridges.
  • There may also be the need for traditional dental tools to be used in addition to your laser dentistry treatment which can add to the costs

The good news is there are plenty of benefits provided by laser dentistry.

Pros and Cons of laser dentistry

Pros and Cons of laser dentistry

A multitude of procedures can be completed

A wide array of procedures can be performed with the use of a laser such as:

  • Gum disease treatment to remove inflamed tissue
  • Regenerating damaged nerves
  • Removal of a frenum muscle (the fold of tissue connecting your gums to your lips) attachment
  • Open airways to help reduce snoring and sleep apnea
  • Benign tumour removal

Shortened recovery time

If you ever wished for shorter recovery times after getting treatment at the dentist, laser dentistry can do this. How? As opposed to traditional dental treatments, using lasers results in less bleeding from your gums and almost none to no need for sutures. Both these situations allow your mouth to heal quicker. Less trauma caused to your teeth and gums means a reduced chance of infection.

Near silent treatment

Laser dentistry is a quiet treatment since there is not always the need for a noisy dental drill. You can relax in your headspace to think about things rather than focusing on what is currently happening in your mouth.

Great for adults and kids

Since lasers eliminate the need for anesthesia, they are a great way to treat adult and children’s dental issues. Anesthesia is not always an option for everyone due to allergies or a child is too young for anesthetics since complications could arise.

Check with your dentist to see if all members of your family are eligible for laser dental treatment next time you book your appointments.

Ideal for anxious patients

If you are an extremely nervous patient, then laser dentistry can help you stay relaxed. Laser dentistry can relieve some of the discomfort you may feel when receiving treatments. You will be able to breathe easier in the dentist’s chair without the need for anesthesia delivered from a needle. Your typical anxious dental experience might end up being a calm trip to get your oral health in top shape.


Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on March 24, 2021

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