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Lasers and Modern Dentistry

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As technology and science advance, dentistry is becoming not only more comfortable for the patient, but much more precise. This provides many benefits to the patient and ultimately to their overall dental health. 

While lasers have many uses, Dr. Burgess uses a laser during his crown preparations for several beneficial reasons.

For a crown to fit the margins around the tooth as closely and precisely as possible, the laboratory fabricating the crown needs to see the margins of the prepared tooth. In the past, a cord was packed around the tooth and the gum tissues could be irrevocably damaged. With the use of the laser, the tissues are treated in way so the lab can see the margins and the tissues are able to heal back within 1 to 3 days.

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With the incorporation of the laser, the patient still gets the best care and the best-fitting crown with the least amount of damage and discomfort to your gum tissues.

According to the American Dental Association, there are many other benefits of laser use in dentistry, some of which are listed below.

 Benefits

  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches)
  • Certain procedures do not require anesthesia
  • Minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated