Without a doubt, one of the great advances in the medical and odontological area of this century was the development of laser technology. The word LASER is an acronym that responds to the English words “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” that is, “Amplified Light by Emission Stimulated Radiation In our country this discipline is still incipient with around 25/30 teams working in Surgeries Private Dentists.
Without a doubt, Laser therapy is a very broad discipline, with very promising results, with more than 5000 scientific works published all over the world, and with a tendency of progressive and sustained insertion in our profession. In short, they are nothing more than technological advances, which supported by science, allow us to improve our ultimate goal: the care of our patients aspiring to the total quality of our services, without neglecting our clinical and ethical criteria.
What is the Laser? The word laser is an acronym for English, which means (amplification of light by stimulated emission of radiation). The dental laser is a concentrated, non-ionizing light source (which does not produce any type of side effects to the patient), which removes infected dental tissue.
Laser dentistry is more conservative than traditional dentistry because it respects the healthy areas of the teeth. In addition, the laser works on the mucous membranes and other tissues that are in the mouth. The dental laser, is the technology of the XXI Century, applied, so that the visits to the Dentist, are a new experience for the patients. In all treatments, either directly or indirectly, some type of dental laser is used. Dentistry WITHOUT PAIN, it’s a fact, try the difference
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With laser technology, injectable anesthetics are needed in less than 15% of patients. And if you need, a puncture, anesthesia laser is administered, which reduces the discomfort of the needle, in a range of 90 to 100%. The dental laser, allows to treat the majority of caries lesions, without resorting to vibration and noise produced by the turbine. Cost. The treatments have similar prices, to those charged, in clinics with traditional technology Treatments in a single appointment What are the advantages of a laser-fixed tooth versus another that is repaired with a turbine? There are many, among them there are biological, aesthetic and psychological advantages.
Among the first ones we can mention that the action of the laser is extremely precise and precise, so that it is not necessary to eliminate large amounts of healthy tissue, as happens with the passing of a strawberry rotating at high speed.
In addition, the laser-irradiated tissue is sterilized, which guarantees that there will be no recurrence of decay under that restoration. With regard to aesthetics, all cavities treated with laser are cured with materials based on resins that harden under the effect of halogen light, which adhere to the tooth by 50% more than in cases not treated with laser.
With reference to the psychological advantages, the patient is relaxed and calm knowing that he will not feel pain, noise or punctures associated with the use of the turbine. Can a caries be fixed faster with laser? Not always, sometimes the working time is longer, because the laser is working slowly and on the surface.
It is a myth to think that “a laser shot cured the decay”. It seemed to many patients faster, because the treatment was more pleasant and did not become stressed during the treatment. Is the blue light used by many dentists laser? No. The halogen light device is an instrument used to induce the hardening of certain sealing materials. It has no action on the tooth, since it is a simple “lamp”. Is Laser Dentistry Known? In Chile, little is known, the Dentalaser Dental Center is a pioneer in this technology.
The dental laser is used by hundreds of dentists in Dubai, the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia, who treat thousands of patients It is a beam of concentrated light that, transmitted through an optical fiber, impacts in a soft and pulsating way on the tooth surface. Is the treatment painful? 99% of the patients are really comfortable during the care, in fact in a large part of the treatments the use of anesthesia is not necessary. However, sometimes there may be some sensitivity, when the caries process is very advanced. Is the use of the laser safe? Completely. However, eye protection is essential – with special filtering lenses – from both the professional, the patient and the assistant.
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Does it hurt me if I’m pregnant? Not because it is a beam of concentrated non ionizing light and on the contrary favors the blood circulation of the child in gestation because the mother is relaxed. What kind of procedures can be performed with the laser? It can be used to replace the wheel in practically all types of caries that were not previously treated with amalgam, since as this is of a metallic nature, the beam is reflected in it as in a mirror and bounces without acting. It is also extremely useful in pediatric dentistry because, on the one hand, the child attends more motivated, and on the other, the restorations.