Laser Dentistry is Ideal for Treating People with Sensitive Teeth

Posted on: October 2, 2014

Laser DentistryIf you want pain-free dental care, laser dentistry is for you.  This modern approach to conducting dental treatments is ideal for people that have sensitive teeth because metal tools are less accurate and can create discomfort.  The simple act of cleaning teeth with metal tools can be uncomfortable because the dentist will typically scrape teeth with a metal tool.  If you already have sensitive teeth, this can create an issue.  Lasers, on the other hand, are more accurate, and nothing else actually touches the tooth itself.  This means the procedures are more comfortable overall.We want to give our patients options and the best possible dental care which is why we use modern dentistry techniques whenever possible.  Instead, of relying on old techniques and tools which have been used for decades, we turn to modern technology to improve the experience of our patients.Laser dentistry makes our procedure more comfortable and more accurate because the laser light is small and focused.  This reduces the risk of irritation and bleeding overall.  In fact, lasers can even be used to stop bleeding so that the gums and teeth will heal faster after any dental work is performed.  Lasers can also be used to treat gum disease and remove bacteria without needing to lift up the gums and scrape the bacteria out using a metal tool.  Cosmetically, lasers are often used for a teeth whitening procedure.  Whenever you can have a laser dentistry procedure, you can count on it to feel better than it would if metal tools were used.As a dentist that treats patients with sensitive teeth we have two goals – keep you comfortable during the procedure and identify the cause of your tooth sensitivity so that we can correct it.  Often teeth become sensitive due to a lack of enamel. This is the strong outer layer of your teeth that serves to protect the dentin underneath.  It can wear away due to demineralization and as it does the dentin is exposed, and sensitivity is increased.  Dentin is a porous material with a ton of tiny holes that lead through it to the roots of the tooth.  This way if anything touches the dentin, sensations are sent to the roots and you start to feel pain.  If this is making your teeth sensitive, we want to know about it so that we can perform a bonding procedure or use dental crowns to protect the tooth.Additionally, your teeth may experience pain due to an infection.  By offering laser dentistry, we can treat cavities and gum disease quickly and with minimal discomfort.  This is important because if a cavity does exist, we need to treat it before the infection can spread and create additional issues.  The same is true for gum disease.  Using laser dentistry, we can eliminate the bacteria that cause the disease and would prefer to do so before the gums have receded because this will enable you to feel more comfortable.To experience how laser dentistry can improve your oral health, even with sensitive teeth, give us a call.

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