Laser Dentistry FAQs

When the laser was first introduced into the medical industry, a world of new possibilities opened. The pinpoint technological features of the laser began to branch into many different fields and practices of health and medicine, and as a result eventually found itself in dentistry. With the introduction of the laser many questions arose, so today I’ll be providing you with some of those questions and answers.

What is a laser?

A laser is a singularly focused beam of concentrated light with a specific wavelength and color. The word laser is an acronym for a much longer technical term known as “Light Amplification Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER).”

What Makes A Laser Different from Sunlight?

Sunlight is composed of a spectrum of white light. White light is divided into seven distinct colors, each with their own wavelength. However, a laser is a single beam, set to a high energy level thus producing only one color of a specific wavelength. It is powerful enough to penetrate living tissues and cells.

How Is A Laser Used in Dentistry?

Lasers are used in 3 main ways in dentistry:

  • Disease diagnosis,
  • Soft tissue operations such as the tongue, lips, gums,
  • Hard tissue operations such as the bone, tooth enamel, and dentin.

Diseases such as tooth decay and gum rot can be treated with precision laser dentistry.

Are Lasers Safe?

Despite their highly powerful technological design, lasers are safe and approved by the FDA. Years of research have been put behind laser technology before the FDA officially approved them. Choosing laser dentistry to resolve a dental issue can cause less bleeding and minimal discomfort. Be sure to consult your dentist if you’re considering laser operations, as there may be other options for your dental procedure that you wish to undergo.

Our Laser Dentistry Patients Have Questions

Are you interested in laser dentistry, but don’t know where to begin your journey? One of the greatest things about having a dentist that cares is the ability to be educated and know well what is being done to your teeth and gums before it happens. At My Dental Clinic, we’re always striving to keep our patients as well educated as possible in order to give them the best overall experience at our office. In this article, we will discuss a newer technology called laser dentistry.

What is a Laser and How Does it Work

To begin, let’s find out exactly what laser dentistry is. It is a laser is a tool that commonly produces a narrow beam of light energy that may or may not be visible to the human eye. When said laser comes into contact with any kind of tissue, it deems a reaction. In dentistry, the beam of light produced by the laser has the ability to remove or shape soft tissues such as gums, cheeks, and the tongue. This laser can even remove hard tissues such as decay.

How are Lasers Used to Remove Tooth Decay

In short, the laser energy results in a steam pressure type of cleaning that can vaporize decay. Laser energy causes water to boil, and decayed material has a significantly higher water content and healthy teeth, meaning that said decay will be targeted first and removed with precision.

Can Lasers be Used Effectively to Whiten Teeth

Lasers can even be used to effectively whiten teeth by activating whitening chemicals that are used in the whitening process. A laser light directly placed on to the whitening gel results in a brightened smile.

Is Any Precaution Necessary

There are a few precautions that need to be taken before laser treatment is begun. In the same way that you might wear sunglasses when out in the sun, or a lead vest when getting an x-ray taken, all is done to protect your health.

How Can I be Sure my Dentist is Competent to Use a Laser

In order to be sure whether or not your dentist is well equipped to conduct laser dentistry, we at My Dental Clinic in SW Calgary, AB, would love a chance to get to talk to you and schedule a consultation. Feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail today.

What You Should Know About Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is an easy and effective way to protect our teeth, and it can be found in several different forms. Our dental staff at My Dental Clinic encourage its use for our patients especially in the form of professional fluoride treatment. This form is prescription strength and greatly benefits teeth. Continue reading on to learn more about topical fluoride treatment.

  1. FLUORIDE IS A NATURAL MINERAL. Fluoride is commonly found in water, soil, and rocks.
  2. PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS ARE WORTH THE COST. Investing in a fluoride treatment is much cheaper than treating the cost of decay.
  3. FLUORIDE FIGHTS CAVITIES BY STRENGTHENING ENAMEL. Fluoride works to remineralize and harden the tooth’s enamel.
  4. FLUORIDE TREATMENTS ARE NOT JUST FOR KIDS! Any individual can be affected by cavities. Therefore, fluoride is beneficial for anyone that has a high risk for cavities.
  5. PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS CAN REVERSE SMALL CAVITIES! The early stages of demineralization that lead to cavities can be stopped with the help of professional fluoride treatments.
  6. PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS ARE SAFE. Fluoride dosages regulated by your dentist are safe for individuals to use at any age.
  7. PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS DO NOT STAIN TEETH. Fluorosis (stains from too much fluoride intake) only occurs during tooth formation.
  8. PROFESSIONAL FLUORIDE TREATMENTS DO NOT HURT. Fluoride treatments are quick, easy, and totally painless with help from our dental team.
  9. YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK AFTER A FLUORIDE VARNISH TREATMENT. Your dentist will help you see if your treatment requires a short wait period.

Contact your dentist at My Dental Clinic to see more ways you can protect your teeth against tooth decay and disease. Call us today to schedule your next appointment!