Pros and Cons of Laser Dentistry

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on September 18, 2018


Laser dentistry? It might seem like we’re talking about a dentist in a galaxy far, far away. But lasers have many practical uses in the real world and in modern medicine, including dental procedures and treatments. If you’re on the fence about laser dentistry, here are a few pros and cons of laser dentistry to consider.

When is Laser Dentistry Used?

 At White River Dental, we use a Solea Laser, which has two types of lasers. One laser can be used to make incisions in soft tissue, such as the gums. The other laser can be used to cut through hard tissue layers, such as bone or teeth.

A laser may be used in many dental procedures, including the following:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Treating painful cold sores
  • Correcting tongue or lip ties
  • Removing tooth decay
  • Gum reshaping
  • Cavity and crown preparation
  • Exposing wisdom teeth

Pros of Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is truly changing the way the world looks at dental procedures. There are several benefits of using lasers in dentistry including the following:

  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Quicker healing time
  • Virtually painless procedures
  • Ideal for pregnant women who may have sensitive gums
  • Ideal for children or people with dental anxiety
  • Greater precision
  • Usually does not require anesthesia or suturing
  • No drilling or grinding sounds
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Reduced bleeding and swelling

Cons of Laser Dentistry

 It’s clear that a laser can be incredibly beneficial in dentistry. However, there are some situations where lasers cannot be used. Dental lasers: 

  • Cannot be used on teeth that have existing fillings
  • Cannot remove damaged crowns or bridges
  • Cannot be used to fill cavities between teeth or in large areas of decay

Is Laser Dentistry Right for You?

Laser dentistry is an innovative type of dental care that is changing the way patients view dental treatments. The dentists at White River Dental are trained on and knowledgeable about this technology and are proud to offer their patients a more comfortable dental experience.

Still have questions? We are eager to hear from you! Connect with us on Facebook, submit the online contact form at the bottom of this page, or give us a call today at (812)378-2041.

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