Patients who usually shy away from needles, dental drilling and numbness can benefit from Laser Dentistry offered at Cariboo Denture Clinic in Williams Lake. Laser technology has recently been adopted for use in the field of dentistry. The Laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be tooth enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening agents which all absorb a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. With laser no local anesthesia is usually required. Unlike the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures
it eliminates the need for stitches and healing is quicker.
Lasers can be used to diagnose dental caries or cavities. They can locate decay hidden in and between teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology: