Root canal therapy has gone high tech recently, making the procedure as easy as possible for both patients and dentist. With modern diode lasers and advanced techniques dentists have more resources than ever to complete successful root canal treatment, and patients can have procedure done in just one visit-virtually pain-free!
Laser root canal therapy users a parallel beam of intense light to clean our root canals. Laser therapy "melts" away debris consisting of bacteria and infection, know as the "smear layer" of the root and cleans the root more thoroughly than traditional Root Canal Treatment.
Most root canal treatments fail due to residual E. faecalis (Bacteria) in the canal. Laser systems equipped with Firing Tips dramatically reduce the existence of E. faecalis in the pulp chamber and root canal space.
The system achieves a significant reduction in the bacterial counts in only three minutes compared to 30-50 minutes of conventional treatment. The laser penetrates deep into the porous tubules, removing bacteria without damaging the surrounding tissue. While traditional root canal instruments only clean out the tooth's root, the laser actually sterilizes it, increasing your changes of a successful procedure.
Laser technology also reduces possible side effects and there's no need to worry about files breaking off or getting stuck in the canal. Post-operative problems of traditional root canals are eliminated - the laser reduces the amount of inflammation, swelling and discomfort often felt as the anesthesia wears off. Patients may not even need pain medication often prescribed following dental surgery.
Laser Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
Many of us say we have “sensitive teeth. “We usually mean that we feel twinges of pain or discomfort in our teeth in certain situations. These may include: Drinking or eating cold thing, Drinking or eating hot things, Eating sweets, touching the teeth with other teeth or the tongue.
The ordeals of tooth sensitivity can be completely eliminated with the support of laser treatments. The laser generates a beam of concentrated light bringing energy into your mouth to help remove areas of infection as it destroys many bacteria and viruses found in the mouth. Technology wonder, the laser in used in various dental treatments. It provides a faster healing time, reduces the risk of infection, creates less bleeding and also less postoperative pain.
Dental Laser technology, makes dental procedures noiseless and painless. Anesthesia is no longer required.
Comprehensive role in Pocket removal/Gum Therapy
Laser use in periodontology includes the removal of intra-pocket diseased epithelium, bacterial and calculus accumulation and in the surgical correction of infra- and intra-bony pocketing. Laser use is an adjunctive to good periodontal therapy and not a replacement. Research into laser use in periodontology has been mixed. This may be due to the number of associated clinical parameters involved in in vivo investigations. All currently available laser wavelengths have been claimed to be effective in some or all aspects of the treatment of periodontal conditions. In addition, newer or experimental wavelengths may expand therapeutic use.
Advantages of using lasers in the periodontal therapy include
1. Less pain
- 2. Less need for anesthetics (an advantage for medically compromised patients)
- 3. No risk of bacteremia
- 4. Excellent wound healing; no scar tissue formation
- 5. Bleeding control (dependent on the wavelength and power settings)
- 6. Usually no need for sutures
- 7. Use of fewer instruments and materials and no need for autoclaving (economic advantages)
- 8. Ability to remove both hard and soft tissues
- 9. Lasers can be used in combination with scalpels (however, the laser is a tool and not a panacea)
Four well accepted effects in the scientific literature are:
- 1. Biostimulation / Tissue Regeneration
- 2. Reduction of Inflammation
- 3. Analgesia
- 4. Enhanced Immune Function / Antimicrobial
One important way in which laser therapy adds energy is through photon absorption by mitochondria. These tiny organelles which have been called the "powerhouses" of the cell, are found in most plants and animals. Mitochondria are able to absorb laser light which then activates a series of reactions to increase and store more cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
By increasing energy available in this readily accessible form, laser light is able to greatly stimulate the biological function of cells, tissue, and systems and even raise overall vital energy throughout the individual. "Bio" stimulation = Life stimulation!
When energy is available, the body can heal itself.
Laser therapy has been shown to stimulate the regeneration of bone, blood, the lining of blood vessels, cartilage, cochlear hair cells, central and peripheral nerve, and muscle. Moreover, it has been documented to enhance the quality of healed tissue. Laser therapy may be an ideal treatment.