The use of lasers has revolutionized everything from entertainment to medical care. You might be surprised at what a dental laser can do when it comes to treating several common dental maladies. Read on to find out more.
Drill and Fill No More
Those with cavities know the drill and the uncomfortable feeling of being numbed beforehand can also create a less-than-comfortable feeling. For those with smaller cavities, ask your dentist about using the pointed beam of a laser to both remove the decay and seal nerve endings at the same time. The result is an appointment free of Novocaine and the dental drill.
Bacteria is the bane of good dental hygiene, and the goal of all patients is to rid the mouth of those bugs that can do so much damage to the enamel and the gums. Bacteria left to sit on the surface of teeth eventually forms tartar and plaque, which can lead to the inflammation of gum disease. To that end, daily brushing, rinses, and flossing must be supplemented by routine professional cleanings. Lasers can turn your routine cleaning into the super-efficient removal of that bacteria in a flash with no discomfort.
Send Cysts Scurrying
Mucoceles are very small bumps that form on the skin of the inside of the cheeks and the tongue. These little cysts are not harmful, but they can affect your speech; if allowed to grow, they can impact eating and even breathing. In most cases they go away on their own but must be removed in other cases. That is where the laser comes in. Instead of patients having to be anesthetized and having the cysts surgically removed, the laser zaps those cysts instantly with no need for anesthesia. As a bonus, the tight focus of the laser beam keeps healthy tissue from being affected.
Stop Snoring for Good
People have tried to address snoring issues since time began. Unfortunately, this affliction doesn't just keep your bed partner awake -- it can also lead to long-term health issues like heart disease. The soft palate area at the upper-back of the mouth is to blame for the annoying sounds but the snoring is more than noise. Many snorers, upon having a sleep study performed, discover that they stop breathing over and over again during the night. Speak to your dentist about using a laser to instantly tighten up the flabby soft palate area and stop snoring for good.
Learn more by speaking with your dentist.