July 24, 2023

How Lasers Can Make for a Better Experience at the Dentist

When it comes to visiting the dentist, many people experience feelings of anxiety or discomfort. However, advancements in dental technology, such as the use of lasers, are revolutionizing the patient experience and making trips to the dentist much more pleasant. By utilizing lasers for various dental procedures, dentists can provide more efficient, painless, and precise treatment.

Laser Drilling

It’s hard to imagine a dental appointment for a filling that’s different from what you have experienced in the past, but with two dental lasers in our office, you really will have a better experience. 

How is this possible?

Patients who often dread the sound and vibrations of traditional drills can now enjoy a quieter and more comfortable experience at the dentist. Traditionally, drills have been used to remove decayed areas of the tooth and prepare it for a filling. However, laser drills offer several advantages over their conventional counterparts. Not only are they much quieter, but they also can precisely target the affected area, reducing the need for removing healthy tooth structure. This preservation of healthy tooth tissue leads to smaller fillings and a more aesthetically appealing result. Another benefit of using the laser to remove tooth decay is that it is much kinder to the tooth. Traditional dental drills heat the tooth from the friction of the drill bit, but lasers work without friction and won’t cause potentially traumatizing heating of the tooth. This is especially important when working close to the nerve in the middle of the tooth. The more trauma the nerve experiences during the treatment, the more likely it will need a root canal in the future. So, the laser is a great tool to improve your chances of the tooth continuing to be happy and healthy. 

Laser Assisted Cleanings

Another significant benefit of laser dentistry is its role in dental cleaning. The use of lasers in this context can effectively remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the teeth and gums. Laser cleaning reaches deep into the gum pockets, promoting gum tissue regeneration and reducing the risk of gum disease. This non-invasive, painless procedure also improves blood circulation and speeds up the healing process, reducing the swelling and discomfort commonly associated with traditional dental cleaning methodsLaser Teeth Whitening

Laser Teeth Whitening

Dental lasers can also be used to enhance teeth whitening. Traditional teeth whitening procedures involve either a bleaching gel or whitening toothpaste that contains special chemicals and abrasives to remove stains. Both methods can take time and multiple applications to see results and they may also cause tooth sensitivity.

With laser teeth whitening, a special peroxide-based gel is applied to the teeth to break down tough stains. To further enhance the work of the gel, a laser is used to activate the bleaching agent, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the enamel and break down the discoloration. It’s fast, effective, and is less likely to cause damage or sensitivity.

Additional Benefits of Using a Laser During Dental Treatments

Lasers have truly revolutionized the field of dentistry and transformed the dental patient experience. 

Here are just a few more of the benefits that dental lasers can offer:

  • Less discomfort
  • Less anesthesia needed
  • Faster recovery time
  • More precise 
  • Fewer post-operative complications
  • Quicker healing
  • Less chance of micro-fracturing (cracking)
  • Less chance of bacterial infection

Pearl Street Dental Offers Laser Dental Treatments in Boulder

Laser dentistry is an advanced approach to traditional dental procedures that is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care while increasing the comfort levels for patients. Using focused beams of light, lasers can be used for various applications in dentistry, from diagnostic procedures to restorative treatments. This innovative dentistry approach offers a myriad of benefits that make dental appointments less dreadful and more comfortable for patients.

Unfortunately, very few dentists have invested in laser technology. But, at Pearl Street Dental, we understand the benefits that new innovations can provide to our practice and our patients. That’s why we have two dental lasers in our office as well as a variety of other advanced pieces of equipment. We are committed to providing an exceptional level of service while maintaining a high level of accountability and compassion, and we believe that new technologies, like dental lasers, allow us to provide a better experience and greater value to our patients. For more information, please visit our page on dental technology.

If you’re looking for a new general dentist in Boulder or would like to experience a different level of dental care, contact Pearl Street Dental. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the use of lasers in dentistry and show you how they can positively impact your dental health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.