In modern dentistry, there are a lot of technological advances that help dental professionals deliver the best care for patients. Dental lasers are one of the most useful devices that have become available, and many practices are concerned or curious about how to incorporate lasers in dental hygiene. There are many devices and techniques designed specifically for dentists, and lasers are being commonly used by professionals in every part of the industry, including dental hygienists.
What is Dickson laser dentistry?
As the name implies, Dickson laser dentistry uses lasers to treat a number of different dental conditions involving teeth, gums, and bone. The instruments used are able to create light energy in a very narrow and focused beam, which produces a reaction when it hits the tissue, allowing it to be shaped or removed.
Hard tissue lasers
Hard tissue lasers have a wavelength that is highly absorbable by hydroxyapatite, or the calcium phosphate salt found in bone and teeth, so they are more effective at cutting through tooth structure. These lasers are primarily used to cut into the bone and teeth with extreme precision. They can also “prep” or “shape” the teeth for composite bonding, remove small amounts of tooth structure, and repair worn-down dental fillings.
Soft tissue lasers
Soft tissue lasers have a wavelength that can be easily absorbed by water and hemoglobin, which is the oxygenating protein in red blood cells. This way, they can manage soft tissue more effectively. These lasers can kill bacteria, activate the regrowth of tissues, and can penetrate the soft tissue while sealing blood vessels and nerve endings. This lessens or eliminates postoperative discomfort and also helps tissues to heal faster.
What are the benefits of Dickson laser dentistry?
Many dentists and patients choose laser dentistry because of the distinct benefits it offers. There are also a number of advantages in using the Waterlase system to treat dental conditions. Cutting with this laser does not cause the heat or vibration a dental drill would, meaning most dental procedures can be performed with NO discomfort. It also avoids many of the common problems associated with a high-speed drill, including cracks in the teeth from vibration and a weakening of the teeth from the rapid turning of the drill burrs.
How Can Dental Hygienists Incorporate Lasers?
The first step to incorporating lasers in dental hygiene is to check on the required licenses and regulations in your area. Make sure you’re meeting the requirements regarding the level of supervision, necessary training/certification, and under what circumstances specific lasers can be used. Training through groups such as the Academy of Laser Dentistry is essential for ensuring that you’re providing the best, most effective treatment.
Some states only allow dental hygienists to perform limited laser treatments, while others don’t allow them at all. Even if dental hygienists aren’t allowed to use lasers in your area, they can still help prepare the patient for treatment with the appropriate dental professional, and provide any care that may be needed after the treatment to ensure long term results.
Accent Smile Center offers nothing but the best in Dickson laser dentistry
You don’t want to trust your smile to just anyone. Fortunately, we have an expert on hand to provide the world-class skills and service you deserve! Dr. Gatgens has knowledge and experience with lasers allows him to provide patients with the best outcomes possible in all areas of dentistry, and works constantly to learn and discover new ways of incorporating laser in dental hygiene and all areas of your dental health.
Dickson laser dentistry is a convenient solution to many common dental problems, from cosmetic to complex. To find out more about what laser dentistry has to offer you, get in touch with our talented team to schedule a consultation at our Dickson office.