Using Lasers in Dentistry – Part Four
It is important to recognize that there are distinct advantages to using lasers in dentistry. Perhaps most notably, they enable dentists to perform some procedures without using a drill or anesthesia, which allows the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Laser procedures can also be much more precise than traditional dental hardware devices. This in turn reduces the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and enables controlled bleeding during surgery. Finally, laser-assisted dental therapy can reduce symptoms and recovery times associated with traditional therapies.
Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR)
There are a number of major health benefits that should be contemplated when considering LBR. For starters, it reduces the amount of bacteria that would normally get into your bloodstream during a cleaning. Most patients experience some degree of bleeding during a standard dental procedure, and this allows bacteria from your mouth to enter your bloodstream, and thus the rest of your body. Oral bacteria have been linked to heart disease, and low birth weight in newborn babies.
Some additional benefits of LBR are as follows:
- It lowers the type of bacteria related to gum disease from the billions down to the hundreds.
- By eliminating the majority of bacteria under the gums, bleeding and inflammation is reduced, and gingival health is better maintained.
- It is completely painless and normally takes between five and ten minutes.
- LBR reduces the amount of bacteria that get into your bloodstream.
As far as bacterial reduction is concerned, the laser is expected to have a disinfecting effect on bacteria that is basically limited to the root surface. The thermal effect is based on the absorption of radiation by tissue and subsequent transformation of laser energy into heat. The mouth tissue absorbs a varying amount of laser radiation per volume, and transforms it into a certain amount of energy, depending on the exposure time.
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