Laser Dentistry in Beckley, Summersville, & Webster Springs, WV

Outstanding Laser Dentistry in West Virginia

In a little over two decades, there has been a greater use of laser dentistry across the country. Dentists are able to offer high-tech solutions for a number of dental problems, from tooth decay to gum disease. Kevin C. Lucky, DDS PLLC offers this outstanding laser dentistry to patients in Beckley, Summersville, and Webster Springs, West Virginia.

Are There Pros & Cons of Using A Laser in Dentistry?

Since 1994, the dental profession nationwide has embraced an increase use of laser technology to treat a number of dental problems. High-tech lasers made sense for their accuracy and ease in treating specific oral health problems effectively. In spite of FDA approval, laser dentistry has not received the American Dental Assocation’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance as an alternative treatment.

PROS

When compared to the dental drill everyone expects, lasers:

  • May cause less pain in some instances, reducing the need for anesthesia.
  • May reduce anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of a dental drill.
  • Minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments.
  • May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal.

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CONS

Some disadvantages of lasers in dentistry include:

  • Lasers cannot be used on teeth with fillings already in place.
  • Lasers are not used in many commonly performed dental procedures, such as filling cavities located between teeth, around old fillings, or on large cavities that need to be prepared for a crown. In addition, lasers cannot be used to remove defective crowns or silver fillings, or prepare teeth for bridges.
  • Traditional drills may still be needed to shape the filling, adjust the bite, and polish the filling even when a laser is used.
  • Lasers do not eliminate the need for anesthesia.

The Role of Lasers in Treating Oral Health Issues

The ADA is cautiously optimistic about this increased role that lasers have in the field of dentistry. The types of lasers used are different from the cold lasers used in phototherapy or for the relief of headaches, pain, and inflammation. Dentists use laser technology to treat oral health issues such as:

TOOTH DECAY

Lasers are used to remove decay within the tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling.

BIOPSY OR LESION REMOVAL

Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.

GUM DISEASE

Dentists use lasers to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.

TEETH WHITENING

Many dentists and staff use lasers to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is “activated” by laser energy, which speeds up the whitening process.

How Do Lasers Work in Dentistry?

All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument. Lasers vaporize tissue that it comes in contact with and can cauterize a sore or wound for less bleeding.

When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.