Get the dental care you need with laser dentistry
Marriott & Hand offer laser dentistry to help patients get the treatment they need, without drills. Dentists have been using laser systems as part of treatment since 1994.
It’s only been in the last 10 years that we have seen a surge in the number of dentists who offer this service.
What is laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry is an effective way of treating a variety of dental complaints including:
- Gum disease
- Teeth whitening
- Tooth decay
- Lesion removal
Why choose laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry treatment targets a specific area with more accuracy than other instruments; for example, removing decay from a tooth. One of the biggest benefits is that it allows us to maintain more of your original tooth structure than traditional methods of removing decay. It can also minimise the need for the use of needles due to the elimination of discomfort associated with the drill, and it significantly reduces the chances of damaging healthy tissue
How does laser dentistry work?
In dentistry a laser is used to either vaporise or cut tissue. It can also be used for curing a filling. This helps to strengthen the filling’s bond to your tooth.
For teeth whitening treatments like Zoom! teeth whitening, the laser activates the gel. This increases the effectiveness of the teeth-bleaching gel.
Advantages and disadvantages of using a laser in dentistry
All treatments have their pros and cons. Using the laser in dentistry is no exception. One advantage of using the laser is that for anxious patients, lasers can replace the traditional drill.
4 advantages of laser dentistry
- Can minimise swelling and bleeding during soft tissue treatments.
- Can preserve more of your tooth when cleaning away decay.
- Can cause less pain for some treatments. Some patients don’t need as much anaesthesia.
- Reduces anxiety associated with dentistry because it replaces the drill.
4 disadvantages of laser dentistry
- Depending on the treatment you receive, your dentist may still have to use a dental drill. For example, a drill would need to be used to shape a filling. Or polish a filling after the laser is used.
- The cost of laser dentistry can be higher than traditional methods.
- You may still need some level of anaesthesia.
- Lasers can’t be used to remove old crowns, amalgam fillings or prepare your teeth for bridges.
Different lasers for different treatments
The Marriott & hand team use three different types of lasers:
The Photo Activated Disinfection (PAD) is a minimally invasive and fast disinfection system. The PAD laser is used for gum disease, root canal therapy and a selection of restorative treatments.
This laser is used for soft tissue surgery and fillings. For some patients, this laser allows us to perform multiple fillings in more than one area in the mouth in one appointment. This is because the use of anaesthetic isn’t as strong. Your mouth won’t be as numb after laser treatment, so more fillings can be done.
The KTP laser is also used for soft tissue surgery. Another use for the KTP laser is to activate the whitening gel used in some teeth whitening procedures.
Laser dentistry from Marriott & Hand
Are you looking to improve the appearance of your smile with minimal discomfort and proven results? Laser dentistry has been shown to be a safe, effective and healthy option to enhance you smile.
The Marriott & Hand team are pleased to be offering this service to their patients. It has been helpful for anxious patients. Especially for those who want to avoid seeing (or hearing) the dental drill. There is also the added advantage of requiring less anaesthesia, and prevising more healthy tooth structures.
If you would like to know more about how Marriott & Hand can help you, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.