Is Laser Dentistry for You?

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated April 20, 2009)

When I was growing up, going to the dentist was a simple (yet often feared) activity that involved opening my mouth wider than I thought it could go, trying to maneuver my tongue away from the motorized toothbrush so I wouldn't have to taste the nasty, gritty toothpaste, and hoping that the dentist didn't accidentally poke the side of my cheek with that scary, pointy thing he stuck in my molars. For the most part, my dentist experience hasn't changed since I've grown up; however, dentistry isn't limited in its methods and procedures anymore. There is something called laser dentistry that is making huge leaps in the realm of oral hygiene. If you're interested in laser dentistry, then read on and decide if laser dentistry is for you.

Laser dentistry isn't mainstream yet and is still in some developmental stages. One of the aims and potential outcomes of laser dentistry is to minimize your pain and recovery time, making it so that semiannual trip to the dentist isn't so dreaded. Laser dentistry is more effective and precise than other dentistry methods; it provides a more comfortable experience, and while laser dentistry may be more expensive, the increased comfort may be worth it. Lasers have the ability to focus on a very specific area without affecting the surrounding areas: this works well with dentistry for the simple fact that if the dentist can better localize his or her procedures, then the effect on the patient will be minimal.

Some of benefits associated with laser dentistry include no need for stitches, lesser need for anesthesia, less bleeding because of increased clotting, faster healing wounds, less damage to surrounding tissue, and less of a chance of bacterial infections. These are all great benefits and can really appeal to those seeking a better dentistry experience. Using laser technology, dentists can address problems like gummy smiles, the detection of cavities, cold sores, dental fillings, tooth sensitivity, and teeth whitening. With laser technology, the realm of dentistry is greatly expanded, allowing dentists to be more effective at treating patients. And the best part of this all is that the comfort of the patient is maximized!

While laser dentistry does sound great, I'll say again that it isn't mainstream quite yet. Not many dentists employ laser technology in their practices; but give it a few more years, and I'm sure laser technology in dentistry will be more widespread. If you think that laser dentistry might be right for you, do some research around your local dentist offices and see who offers laser dentistry. You'll also want to check on prices and insurance to make sure you can afford laser dentistry. It's not exactly cheap, so make sure that laser treatments are in your budget. If you find that you can invest in laser dentistry, then count yourself among the few who are pioneering the way! Enjoy the new dentist experience!

MORE FROM CHARLOTTE

Understanding Puts and Calls

Puts and calls may sound confusing but really they're just one more facet of that sometimes overwhelming world of investing. ...

Discover More

Mineral Blush

What's the big deal with mineral makeup? If you're wondering, then read on. This article deals specifically with mineral ...

Discover More

Achieving the Sporty Look

Some people just aren't athletic and have a hard time pulling off sporty clothes. What they don't realize is that the look is ...

Discover More
MORE HEALTH TIPS

Getting Dental Implants

You teeth are important and you should be able to have the best teeth possible. If you are wondering about dental implants, ...

Discover More

How to Find a Dentist

Your teeth are important, and so it's important for you to have the best dentist. Here are some tips to help you find the ...

Discover More

Cleaning Dentures

If you wear dentures, then you do need to know how to properly care for them. If you're unsure about the best way to clean ...

Discover More

Comments for this tip:

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Links and Sharing
Share