Lasers were, at one time, only seen in science fiction movies or scientific laboratories. Technology has advanced significantly; we now see lasers in use all around us, in CD and DVD players, bar code scanners in supermarkets and now in dentistry. 
 
At Christopher Holden & Associates we have invested in the latest laser technology and can now offer a range of laser treatments to our patients. 
 
So what is laser dentistry all about? 
 
Here are the answers to some of the questions frequently asked about lasers in dentistry: 
Q. What can the laser be used for? 
 
A. A soft tissue laser is used for a wide range of treatments from periodontal treatment and gum related surgery through to the treatment of mouth ulcers. 
 
Q. Does it hurt? 
 
A. During treatments, patients are aware of the laser device being used but generally experience no pain. Post– operative healing is fast with minimal or no discomfort. 
 
Q. Will it be noisy? 
 
A. Unlike a dental drill, a laser is quiet in use, there is no vibration or high pitched noise. 
 
Q. Will the drill be used as well? 
 
A. This depends upon the treatment being performed. Generally the laser is used as part of an overall treatment plan that may or may not required the use of a drill. 
 
Q. What is laser whitening? 
 
A. In this treatment, the laser is used to accelerate the teeth whitening procedure making the appointment shorter. 
 
What is laser therapy? 
 
Laser therapy is used to relieve TMJ (muscular jaw joint) pain. 
 
Is laser treatment safe? 
 
Dental lasers are safe in used and are specifically designed to perform dental treatments. As with all laser treatments, your dentist will provide you with suitable eye protection. 
 
What have other patients said about this sort of treatment? 
 
Most patients are very pleased with laser treatment, using word like: relaxing and enjoyable! Because there is nothing touching you, apart from the laser beam, there is no pressure and no vibration. 
 
Laser treatment, summary of benefits: 
 
Quiet in use 
 
Less need for local anaesthetic 
 
Increased comfort during treatment 
 
Reduced need for stitches after surgery 
 
Reduces risk of post-operative infection 
 
Minimises post-operative discomfort and bleeding 
 
Reduces treatment time 
 
Reduces post-operative healing time 
 
For more information, or to find out if laser dentistry could be of benefit to you, please speak to your dentist or one of our dental team. 
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