LASER DENTAL PROCEDURES
Introducing Dental Laser in chennai,tamilnadu,india
We are one of the unique dental clinics in chennai to introduce dental laser treatment for our patients and one of very few clinics in India that offer this technology.
Laser dentistry offers a highly effective alternative to painful and noisy drilling procedures. Lasers can now be used to perform a variety of functions, including cavity removal, tooth restoration, and periodontal surgery. Dental lasers can also remove plaque and dental decay from a cavity-affected tooth, preparing it for a filling. A laser beam can also help harden bonding material. Laser Dentistry can effectively reshape gums, remove excess or affected gum tissue in gum disease sufferers and remove bacteria from between diseased gums and teeth. Our technologically advanced practice uses the Picasso Dental Laser system from USA.
The Dental Laser allows us to do many procedures previously done with the dental drill, usually without the need for painful injections. Perfect for kids and adults, the laser eliminates the whining sounds and vibrations previously asscociated with the dental drill. The laser technology allows us to fix cavities with remarkable precision and then fill them with undetectable white fillings.
Anyone that has ever had a fear of the dentist will be pleasantly surprised once they experience dental treatment with the laser. No more shots, no more lingering numbness, no more whining sounds of the drill. It is truly an incredible experience.
Fixing teeth with the Dental Laser is not only pain free, but also extremely accurate and precise. Many gum procedures can be performed with this laser as well, usually without the need for novocaine and stitches.
Our Diode dental laser allows us to treat many gum procedures, previously only treatable by traditional periodontal surgery. Unlike periodontal surgery, however, Diode laser treatments are much less invasive while they can achieve similar results. Following diode laser gum treatments, the patient exhibits virtually no discomfort. No stitches, no bleeding, and virtually no pain make this an excellent alternative for many that fear traditional periodontal surgery.
The Diode laser can be used for low level laser therapy to help and assist in healing and pain relief. The laser is used at low power, allowing the energy to stimulate changes in blood vessels and nerves, causing a healing response by the body.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are currently many areas of dental care that are enjoying the benefits of laser dentistry:
Extreme precision allows the placement of tiny invisible fillings.
No whining sound previously asscociated with the dental drill.
No vibration like in regular dental drilling.
Decreased post operative sensitivity.
Great for kids and adults.
Unique, high-tech dental experience.
Minimal or no anesthesia
More controlled swelling
Reduced postoperative infection/discomfort
Less chance of infection
Reduced time in dentist's office
Enhance effect of tooth whitening
No absorption of harmful chemicals
Improved bonding process
Quick removal of tooth decay
Longer lasting fillings ·
Preservation of tooth structure
A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
For the treatment of canker sore and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.
Uses for Lasers in Dentistry
There are a variety of uses for lasers in the field of dentistry. Lasers can be used for cavity removal, teeth whitening and to harden bonding materials used in fillings. In addition, lasers are used in periodontal care.
Lasers are used for:
Laser Teeth Whitening
Sensitive Teeth and Fluoride Treatments
Root canal treatment
Smile design/ gum reshaping
Frenectomies and tongue ties
Periodontal, or gum related care
Soft tissue procedures.
Curing of restorative materials
Removal of tooth structure or lesions to eliminate disease
Melanin hyper-pigmentation, or "dark gums", is prevalent in certain individuals who have darker complexions. These dark spots can cause an undesirable appearance to otherwise healthy, pink gums. Through dental laser technology, Dr.RAJ and his team can painlessly and accurately remove these problem areas. Laser treatment of dark gums can be done in as little as one office visit and with very quick healing time.
Sensitive Teeth and Fluoride Treatments
Lasers help people who suffer from sensitive teeth. When combined with a fluoride treatment, certain dental lasers can reduce sensitivity for upto 12 months. The effectiveness of this treatment depends on the type of laser used, and varies according to each individual patient. Dental lasers assist in the uptake of fluoride within teeth. These enhanced laser fluoride treatments are longer lasting and provide better protection for your teeth against decay.The laser procedure takes only ten minutes per session and two sessions are more than sufficient to take care of most of the tooth sensitivity problems.
With laser dentistry we can remove decay, usually without needles, and restore your tooth to its healthy state with a tooth coloured filling. There is no vibration, or numbness and you'll be comfortable the entire treatment.
Laser fillings are done in about the same time as conventional fillings but if multiple fillings are required, the laser will reduce the time spent in the dental chair. And multiple regions of the mouth can be done in the one visit.
We may still need to use a drill such as in the removal of old amalgam or metal crowns. However, lasers can be used to reduce sensitivity and needles may not be required. Lasers will also selectively target areas of decay and not enamel, minimising the amount of tissue removed.
Surgery to remove swellings and soft and hard tissue growths in and around the mouth can be performed quickly and easily with a dental laser.
Minor surgery performed with dental lasers will heal more quickly than conventional treatments. After a laser procedure, the treated area is left sterilised and sealed, and is advanced in the healing process compared to conventional treatments. The removed tissue is then sent for assessment.
Frenectomies and tongue ties
Many people have lips and tongues that are held too tight by the frenum (that ligament that attaches your lips and your tongue to your gum and jaw bone). This commonly causes a gap (diastema) in between the teeth, usually the front upper teeth and the front lower teeth. It can be the cause of speech problems. Many babies can find it difficult to suckle if they have tied tongues. Lactation specialists, early childhood nurses and speech therapists will often see this.
The conventional surgery to release frenums is quite traumatic, painful and can take a long time to heal. With lasers we can precisely and painlessly remove the tissue making it more comfortable for you. There is no bleeding afterwards, no sutures and hardly any discomfort. Children go to school the day after and adults can go back to work the same day. Eating is normal and a baby will suckle immediately after the procedure! It truly is an amazing way to have surgery.
Tongue before tongue tie therapy
Lingual frenum before tongue tie therapy
Tongue after tongue tie therapy
Lingual frenum after tongue tie therapy
Root Canal Treatment
Dental lasers are very good at targeting the bacteria which cause infected root canals in your teeth. A quick laser treatment can be very effective in treating the disease and promoting healing.
Laser Cavity Detection
A low-powered laser can be used to locate tiny pits within tooth enamel that can become cavities. The laser can detect decay early. Once located, the tiny spots on the tooth can be covered with a clear sealant in order to prevent cavities.
Cavity removal can be accomplished with dental lasers. The laser has the ability to remove decay within a tooth, and prepare the surrounding enamel for bonded fillings. The need for anesthesia is greatly reduced or eliminated over the traditional methods.
Laser crown lengthening is performed around teeth that are broken or have been filled below the gum line and now require treatment with a crown. For us to be able to clean and bond properly to healthy tooth structure, we need to see the tooth clearly and make sure the bonding doesn't interfere with the health of your gum and bone. Previously, this procedure would be performed by a specialist, at a separate visit, and require six to eight weeks of healing before crown preparation. Now, crown lengthening and crown preparation can be performed at the same visit, saving both time and money.
During cosmetic procedures we often need to correct the level of the gum before veneers or crowns are made. Your smile is made up of lips, teeth and gums. They should all be in harmony. Usually this procedure is done with scalpels and sutures (especially if bone needs to be adjusted with a drill), and takes six to eight weeks of healing before your veneers or crowns can be made. It is a highly specialised cosmetic procedure that not any dentist can perform.
With laser gum lifts, gum and bone around teeth can be reshaped and balanced quickly and painlessly without sutures or swelling. Often the crowns or veneers can be finished at the time of your appointment or within two weeks.
Periodontal, or gum related care
Periodontics is a specialty in dentistry involving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the surrounding tissues of the teeth (such as the gums) and the maintenance of the health, function and aesthetics of these structures. Gum disease is the single most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Daily good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings can decrease the risk of developing periodontal disease.
Once periodontal disease has taken hold, the most effective treatment plan options can vary depending on how far the condition has progressed. The first step in keeping the disease from advancing is a deep cleaning and scaling to remove plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth. The root surfaces of the tooth may also be smoothed in order to help the gum tissue reattach itself to the tooth and speed up the healing process.
Gum related care has greatly benefited from laser technology applications. Lasers are currently used for re-contouring or reshaping gums, removing extra or diseased gum tissue associated with the use of certain medications or periodontal disease. Additionally, lasers are used for removing the bacteria in periodontal pockets to promote patient recovery, and are credited for greatly reducing both recovery time and post operative distress and/or discomfort.
Gum and bone disease (periodontal disease) is a common infection that causes bad breath, sore gums, receding gums and bone and loose teeth. Sufferers may be putting their hearts at risk because the bacteria can attach to heart valves. This bacterial infection can also be transmitted to other people in your family through kissing and sharing utensils. A spouse has a 40% risk of acquiring periodontal disease.
Minor gums infections can be treated by ultrasonic and ozone cleaning with a hygienist, but more serious stages of gum disease usually need specialist care with a periodontist. Many times this involves surgery that can be costly and traumatic. The good news is with lasers we can offer more conservative and non-traumatic treatment for moderate to serious gum disease. We work closely with a local periodontist to ensure that if results are not achieved with the laser that they are able to assist.
Laser gum disease treatment does not involve cutting and sutures. It is much less invasive, usually painless and without swelling. Healing and recovery are very fast and you don't need to take extra days off work. This will save you time and money.
Treatment of gum disease is aimed at cleaning the debris and toxins from beneath the gum-line. This is accomplished virtuously painlessly and comfortably using the latest and most conservative approach that suits your particular stage of disease. All phases of treatment is provided by certified dentist using Laser technology.
When lasers are used during periodontal therapy, there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient. Scalpels and stiches are often not necessary resulting in quick and comfortable healing.
Laser light removes bacteria and diseased tissue from the pocket
Ultrasonic scalers and laser energy are used to remove tarter and debris from the root surface
The Laser prepares the root surface to enable healthy gum attachment and aids in sealing the pocket closed
Laser therapy can be more effective in addressing the infectious nature of periodontal disease than traditional methods. The laser can physically interact with the bacteria and kill the organism by the absorption of laser energy. Studies have shown the laser’s ability to reduce 99.4% of the bacteria in a periodontal lesion. In addition, the laser can assist in forming a fibrin clot eliminating post-surgical bleeding and providing a quick and comfortable healing.
Gummy smiles are a very common problem, caused by overgrowth of the gum tissue that covers the teeth.
This unsightly occurrence can be caused by a variety of things, including heredity, health conditions and even the use of many common high blood pressure medications. A gummy smile will dominate the mouth, making the teeth seem almost secondary in appearance.
Healthy and even gum lines are essential to any beautiful smile. Attractive gums complement and frame your teeth, making your smile look healthier and more attractive.
We use a laser to change the look and shape of the gums. The laser actually vaporizes unnecessary and unsightly tissue with unmatched accuracy and effectiveness. What is left in the place of the overgrown gums is a healthy-looking, well-proportioned smile.
The process takes only a few minutes for most, and there is usually very little discomfort.
Gum contouring can give you the consistent, even gumline you need for a healthy and attractive smile.
Soft tissue procedures
Essentially, soft tissue procedures focus on the treatment of problems in any muscles, tendons, tissues, and nerves located in and around the tooth, gum line or jaw musculature. Many of these areas are extremely sensitive to the touch, and as such, soft tissue dental procedures can often be an extremely daunting experience for the patient.
Laser technology has immediate and beneficial impacts on a variety of soft tissue procedures, including:
Cosmetic contouring of the gum tissue (gum lift, reshaping)
Frenectomies (frenum is a small muscle attachment under the lips)
Periodontal therapy (gum disease)
Excision of minor growths
Crown lengthening (removing gum and bone to expose more tooth)
Apthous ulcer treatment.(The laser takes away the discomfort of the ulcer)
Thanks in large part to advancements in laser dentistry, much of the discomfort during and after soft tissue dental procedures has been minimized or eliminated completely! For example, the vibrations caused by more traditional practices are often the main reason for patient pain, both during and after the procedure.
The non-invasive applications of the laser allow the patient a much more comfortable experience, and often only a topical anesthetic gel is used. In many cases, no suturing is involved, which in turn minimizes the time required for the procedure as well as for the patient's recovery.
By definition, dental curing is the process by which plastic materials inserted in the mouth become rigid and form any of the following: a denture base, filling, impression tray or any other appliance that is used to move teeth or change the shape of the jaw.
Lasers have become a vital component of the curing process, as they drastically reduce the time it takes to finish a filling, and create what some researchers have shown to be a stronger restoration.
We are applying the various applications of curing to a wide range of procedures. From filling restoration to more complex periodontal procedures such as correcting chipped or misaligned teeth, curing has expedited patient recovery without sacrificing product quality.
Sometimes connective tissues attached to the inside of the upper lip do not allow for proper lip movement and expose too much gum tissue above the top row of teeth. By removing specific tissues from inside the upper lip,We can lower the upper lip and create a more aesthetic smile. During the laser surgery, the doctor will remove tissue uniformly to avoid any damage to the patient's muscular movements, such as uneven facial expressions. All of the connective tissues controlling the lip’s movement will be shortened significantly, showcasing the teeth instead of excessive gums.
Consult with us to learn more about how curing procedures can help you find the smile you've always dreamed of. You deserve to have an attractive smile at an affordable price. Explore your dental options today!
A laser is also great for pediatric dentistry, as it avoids the use of the drill. Avoid the needle and being numbed.
Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Dentistry in India
Do you have questions about the dental services that we offer? Below is a list of some frequently asked questions regarding laser dentistry. Please feel free to call our office if you need additional information. We are always pleased to assist you.
Q How does laser dentistry reduce and eliminate pain?
A . Heat and vibration are the causes of most of the pain associated with the drill. Since water laser cutting does not transmit heat or vibration, most dental procedures can be performed with no pain, virtually eliminating the need for anesthesia in most cases.
In combination with an air-waterspray, the dental laser can replace the drill in many instances. The whine of the drill is substituted with a popping sound similar to that of popcorn popping. Since there is no heat or vibration from the dental laser, the need for anesthetic (THE SHOT) is eliminated in most cases!
Q What is a dental laser?
A. A laser is a high-technology device that generates a beam of concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth to help your dentist remove areas of infection or tooth decay with great precision and accuracy. The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Laser dental patients are much more comfortable both during and after treatment. That's because, in many instances, the need for anesthetic injections is reduced and in most instances eliminated, as well as the associated side effects. And that means less time spent in the dental chair!
Q Are lasers new to dentistry?
A. Shortly after the invention of lasers in the early 1960s, lasers were used experimentally on the teeth and gums. Lasers have been used on a limited basis in hospital dentistry. Recent technological developments have made it possible for lasers to be used effectively in the dental office on patients like you. In fact, lasers are now being used by dentists all over the world. The advent of the dental laser has opened new frontiers for dental patients. This dental laser is very different from all other lasers and offers more options and more comfort for the patient due to its patented use of the water cooling spray.
Q What types of procedures can be done with the laser?
A. There are many different types of lasers used in dentistry, and their applications vary. The most common use of lasers is for removing dental caries, old composite fillings, sterilizing infected root canals, bone shaping, apthous ulcer treatment, crown lengthening, apicoectomy, periodontal (gum) treatment, and oral surgery.
Q How do I know if laser dentistry is for me?
After thorough examination,we can determine if the use of our laser is indicated for you. Apart from the fact that laser treatment is very gentle and quiet and heals with very little post-operative discomfort or bleeding, laser treatment may be very beneficial for the following situations:
Blood Thinners: If you are on Coumadin or take aspirin every day and your MD does not want you to stop them, then laser treatment is beneficial because of the reduced chance of bleeding during treatment.
If you have high blood pressure and the use of Epinephrine is contraindicated, then laser treatment is for you.
If you are allergic or hypersensitive to Epinephrine, causing rapid heartbeat whenever you get Novocaine, then the use of laser treatment is beneficial, since Epinephrine is not necessary to be used.
What is LANAP?
LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is an FDA approved and patented laser procedure for use in Laser Periodontal Therapy for treating gum disease. LANAP uses the world's first digital dental laser--the PerioLase laser. LANAP eliminates infected gum tissue and bacteria from the gums in a unique way. The laser only targets infected tissue, which is darker in color than healthy tissue, and leaves healthy tissue in place. Once all of the infection is removed, the laser is passed around the area a second time to heat the area until a clot is formed. This clot protects the exposed tissue by sealing it and allows the body to heal naturally so that the gum pockets improve and the teeth become more stable.
What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser Periodontal Therapy (also known as LPT) is a FDA-approved non-surgical approach to treating gum disease. Laser Periodontal Therapy is an effective, less invasive alternative to gum surgery. Laser Periodontal Therapy is also used in bone regeneration treatments.
How does Laser Periodontal Therapy work?
A powerful laser emits concentrated energy in the form of a light beam, which the dentist uses to trim infected gum tissue, remove the hardened plaque build-up, and re-contour the damaged bone. LPT can also help eliminate infection and heal diseased gum tissue.
The laser delivers a narrow beam which focuses on only a specific number of cell layers, providing precise control over the treatment area. The laser's power is controlled with a foot pedal. The dentist treats the affected area using a slow sweeping motion, killing the bacteria and selectively removing the diseased tissue. For trimming soft tissue, the dentist will place the laser optical fiber carrying the beam directly on the gum tissue and move it along the incision line to create a cutting effect. To clear away infection, the laser optical fiber is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is vaporized. Then an ultrasonic cleaning instrument is used to remove the tartar from the root and tooth surfaces, washing away the debris. Finally, the laser is again passed around the gum tissue to form a natural bandage around the necks of the teeth to seal them against re-infection.
Laser Periodontal Therapy is effective in maximizing the preservation of as much of the healthy gum tissue as possible, maintaining the height of the gums around the teeth, and minimizing bleeding and discomfort during and after the procedure.
What are the Advantages of Laser Periodontal Therapy over gum surgery?
Laser Periodontal Therapy takes less time and requires fewer follow up visits than traditional surgery since there are no sutures to remove.
Laser Periodontal Therapy results in faster recovery time.
Laser Periodontal Therapy is more precise, which maximizes the conservation of healthy gum tissue and bone.
Laser Periodontal Therapy is less invasive, resulting in less bleeding.
Post treatment discomfort is minimal and can usually be managed with over the counter pain medication.
Laser Periodontal Therapy is more sterile and reduces the risk of infection.
Laser Periodontal Therapy provides better, longer-lasting results. Studies have shown that 98% of laser-treated patients do not have further disease progression after five years, compared to only 5% of traditional gum surgery patients.
With Laser Periodontal Therapy, there is less risk of gum and teeth sensitivity.
General anesthesia is not required because Laser Periodontal Therapy is much less traumatic than traditional surgery.
Is Laser Periodontal Therapy painful?
With Laser Periodontal Therapy, there is minimal discomfort. The laser actually has pain relieving qualities when treating used in treating both soft and hard tissues. Lasers deliver energy faster than it takes to trigger a neural response - so the laser light beam ends before the patient can even feel it.
What should I expect during Laser Periodontal Therapy?
The procedure generally take two visits, each lasting 1Â½ to two hours. The dentist will treat one side of the mouth at each visit. The visits are scheduled within two to three weeks of each other so that the bacteria on the untreated side will not have a chance to infect the tissue and bone already treated.
The dentist will use the laser to clean off any tartar and infected tissue in the area around your teeth. Once the treatment is completed, the dentist will then use the laser to sterilize the tissue, promote bone regeneration and initiate healing process.
The recovery time is generally less than 24 hours, so most patients can return to work the next day. Many patients report only minor, if any, post-surgery discomfort.
What is a LASER and how does it work?
What lasers are and how they work
LASER is an acronym:
A Amplification by
E Emission of
The laser consists of an active medium and a pumping source enclosed in an optical cavity. The pumping source pumps the active medium (The LASER medium itself) from its ground state (zero, inactive state) to an excited state
"Population Inversion" occurs when the two sources are mixed together and photons are given off thereby producing the "LASER" activity. This activity is resonated or reflected back and forth within an optical resonator and amplified. A portion of this activity is then emitted as a LASER beam. Beam splitters or mirrors are used to capture the particular portion of the LASER beam that is needed to perform the surgical operation.
The main properties of the beam are:
- Monochromacity (The beam has a narrow wavelength)
- High Degree of Collimation (there is very little divergence of the beam as it travels away from the source) This allows the beam to be focused to very small spots (Unlike a conventional light bulb that emits the beam in many many directions).
- Coherence All of the photons that have been given off when the population inversion occurred are "In Phase" both in space and time.... The active medium of a laser can be either a gas, solid or liquid.