Dentistry has come a long way in the last two decades. Emerging technologies, like LANAP — Laser-assisted new attachment procedure — have enhanced efficiency and developed a more precise approach to making dental treatments predictable.
The laser has become a preferred instrument for many procedures, including periodontal treatment and multiple surgeries. It can significantly diminish pain and eliminate sensitivity and, in some cases, dentists are able to perform procedures without an anesthetic.
In fact, laser technology has the advantage of allowing the patient to return to their normal activities, minus the typical numbness within the mouth and face, or cumbersome supports from a suture. Another pivotal advantage to patients is that lasers can cut down healing times.
The dental laser is a precise beam of light that eliminates infected tissue. The laser is able to differentiate diseased tissue from healthy tissue, without any detriment to the underlying connective tissue.
Utilizing the laser means less invasive cutting, as with a scalpel, and minimizes bleeding during and after procedures. There is often less pain and swelling.
The bactericidal control of the laser is scientifically proven to eradicate pathogenic bacteria in the mouth. This is crucial, because bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause cardiovascular disease.
An increased number of patients seek laser dentistry because it’s user-friendly. Dentists are finding, in some cases, laser dentistry can be applied without requiring any anesthesia. Those with a dental phobia are particularly attracted to laser treatment because it can be a near painless procedure.
Often, with traditional technology, patients would require several trips to solve a dental problem, yet in many cases, when using laser technology, the dentist can resolve the issue in a single session.
Laser dentistry is especially helpful when treating apprehensive adults who fear periodontal surgery or any other dental treatment.