Laser dentistry – Cases
Illustrative cases which represent the advantages of laser application
Laser’s medicinal property when treating dental pockets
With the help of high-performance laser and a special thread, laser beams might be easily transferred even to the deepest points of dental pockets. Thus, proliferated bacteria in the deeper parts of these pockets can be destroyed as well. The inflammation ceases inside those pockets that had been treated / cleaned by laser and gums around the given tooth become tight and healthy. Laser has a beneficial, biostimulative effect as well. With the termination of the gingivitis, we can stop the bone-degrading effect of the harmful bacteria, the remaining tissues regenerate – thus, tooth loss can be prevented as well. Laser also stimulates bone cells, so bone recovery begins and there’s more osteoblast (bone forming cell) generating than osteoclast (bone-degrading cell). Laser therapy is completely painless – thus, there’s no need for any anesthetic injection.
Treating periodontitis with soft laser
Usually, a professional tartar removal is sufficient to cease gingivitis. However, if the inflammation shows the signs of an initial or advanced periodontitis, further special dental treatment is strictly necessary as well – tooth cleaning itself won’t be enough. Currently, the most modern technique to treat periodontitis is dental laser. Before starting laser therapy, a professional tartar removal and a periodontal curettage is necessary in each case. Then, inflamed tissues can be cured / ceased with the help of the laser and finally, the gum regeneration begins thanks to the biostimulative effect of the laser treatment procedure. The high-energy laser beam can be positioned well during the therapy – thus, dental pockets will be regenerated once the beam is transferred to their deepest points.
Laser treatment is completely painless in each case, so injections might be avoided.
Laser application during root canal treatment
In more complex cases, (besides applying the traditional steps of root canal treatment) even the poorly accessible root canals are reachable and cleanable with the help of the laser. Dentinal tubules can be closed as well – thus, the usage of laser greatly increases the success of the root therapy and it’s completely painless. Due to its anti-inflammatory effect, it might provide an excellent treatment (or prevention) for root apical lesions and cysts. Laser therapy is efficient as well when it comes to pulpotomy, since it is capable of effectively removing the remainders of the pulp after pulp removal. It may similarly be used during root canal treatment in order to sterilize gangrene (necrosis).
Advantages for the patient:
- Highly efficient sterilization of root canals
- Shorter treatment time due to the effectiveness demonstrated concerning the sterilization.
Laser treatment of loosened teeth
If loosened teeth are still kept in place by healthy bone tissues, laser therapy can be applied effectively. It improves the stability of loose teeth and maintains the condition of the teeth under regular check-up.
Teeth whitening with laser
Dental laser might be applied during teeth whitening when it comes to discoloured, root canal treated (non-living) teeth. In such cases, laser activates a special whitening material on the surface of the teeth. Using laser, treatment time reduces and teeth might even become 3-4 shades whiter.
Laser usage during caries diagnosis and dental filling creation
Low intensity soft laser is capable of diagnosing tooth decay early. While creating tooth fillings, bacteria inside the drilled carious cavity can be destroyed with laser – all of this increase the durability of the dental filling.
Laser us in direct pulp capping
In case of deep caries – when the pulp is not yet opened – laser therapy can be used effectively. Due to its biostimulative effect, the nerve can be kept alive and as a positive impact, epithelial proliferation begins on the surface of the pulp. After the medical therapies, the tooth will have a better chance of escaping root canal treatment.
Treating aphthous ulcers
When aphthous ulcers are treated with laser, the dentist applies the traditional therapy as well. Laser enhances the treatment time and the ulcer reoccurs less often. Aphthous ulcers that appear in poorly accessible areas can be also treated with laser since fibre optics might be attached to the device.
Treating other types of mouth pain
The analgesic property of laser is also an advantage when treating various mouth pains which are caused by a bad prosthesis, sharp teeth bites or even traumatic injures induced by a toothpick. Pain is reduced immediately after the first time due to the laser treatment. Symptoms also disappear in 1-2 days.
Around 20% of the adult population is affected by herpes. It’s associated with the itching of the lips, then a blister develops which is painful, unpleasant and not aesthetic at all. Herpes typically persists for about two weeks. At the appearance of the first symptoms (tension, itching) it is appropriate for the dentist to start the laser therapy with the suitable laser. In such a case, symptoms cease within 2-3 days and there’s a good chance that the herpes won’t occur at all. If somebody is suffering from a recurrent herpes, its return rate might be reduced with laser treatment.
Using laser during dental surgical interventions
SiroLaserBlue has a unique cutting efficiency in the field of oral surgery.
More dental surgery treatments can be made with the help of laser. The precision is greater compared to the traditional procedure, without any pain. The laser beam is focusable to the size of a pin-point – thus, major surgical accuracy can be achieved. During the intervention, the surrounding intact tissues are not (or slightly) damaged, so the postoperative pain is kept to the minimum. Laser can also be used for haemostatis, which means a positive therapeutic effect for those patients who suffer from diabetes or blood clotting disorders.