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Laser Assisted Dentistry

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NO MORE FEAR OF DRILLING

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NO NEED FOR SEDATION OR GENERAL ANAESTHETICS

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THE LASER HAS ARRIVED IN DENTISTRY

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A dental laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is a type of laser designed specifically for use in oral surgery or dentistry.

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Laser Assisted Dentistry is becoming more and more common. Advertised as a precise and effective way to accomplish many dental treatments, its potential is mainly limited only by the dentist´s ability to perform it correctly.

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Although the number is increasing rapidly, only a small percentage of dentists currently own a laser for soft- and hard-tissue applications.

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Benefits of Laser in Dentistry are manifold and range from

less
– post operative pain and discomfort,
– bleeding during surgery
– post operative swelling and oedema
– necrosis of surrounding tissue
– Bacterial infections
– sutures required
– healthy tissue needs to be removed

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– Minimal trauma and faster healing
– Gentler than high speed drill
– Allowing for anaesthetic-free dentistry in many cases and minimal invasive dentistry
– Non-Contact-Drilling and
– No high speed drill noise

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Lasers are not yet appropriate for cutting amalgam fillings, inlays, crowns or any other metal work.

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Laser Assisted Dentistry

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Chapter 26

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Laser Assisted Dentistry

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Has the Holy Grail of dentistry finally been found?

No doubt laser-assisted dentistry has a lot to offer especially for patients who hate drilling, the high speed drill noise that comes with it and the numbing injection or are just scared to death going to the dentist.

The downside is, at least for the dentist, the high cost of dental laser equipment.

The benefits of laser treatment don´t just stop at needle-free drilling and noise avoidance – it goes much further and offers less pain after surgery, less bleeding during and after treatments, less bacterial infection, often no sutures are required and the healing after surgery is much faster.

Unfortunately the laser still can´t cut amalgam fillings, inlays, crowns or any other metal work.

Let´s hope more dentists will see the benefits of laser assisted dentistry and will offer this treatment for their clients.
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Alternatives to Mercury Fillings and other Restorative Options

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Alternatives to Mercury Fillings and other Restorative Options

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Once your tooth has been drilled you will have to decide what kind of material you want your dentist to place in the cavity.

The options are either fillings placed directly in the hole or manufactured by technicians and fitted at a second appointment.

If too much of your tooth substance had to be sacrificed you will have to opt for a crown that also comes in different materials.

Should the tooth need extraction you either face a fixed solution such as an implant (an artificial root drilled into your bone) or you opt for a bridge.

If your budget is somehow limited you want to consider a removable denture.

Whatever option you favour make sure you are fully aware of its advantages and downsides.

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