Improving Dental Care With Laser Technology
- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
Lasers are more than just fancy devices used in science fiction films. The medical community has been using laser technologies to improve patient outcomes and shorten recovery times. Laser dentistry is amongst the newer areas in which the advanced technology is helping patients of all ages.
What are Lasers, Exactly?
Lasers are simply high-intensity beams of light. While it is true that some lasers can cut through very dense materials, it all depends on the wavelength of the light energy. Some lasers can be used to heat tissues below the skin without affecting surrounding tissues. Lasers can also help with diagnostic procedures, such as finding cavities in teeth.
How are Lasers Used for Dental Procedures?
The applications for lasers in dental procedures are far-reaching and include procedures on both hard and soft tissue. We use laser technology to remove tartar from the teeth more efficiently than with hand tools and ultrasound. Laser dentistry also includes surgical procedures on the gums and to remove abnormal growths. These are just a few examples of how Dr. Covell uses laser technology for dental procedures.
What are the Advantages of Using Dental Lasers?
Compared to traditional surgical and maintenance dental techniques, dental laser treatments:
- Require little to no anesthesia
- Require less trauma to tissues
- Provide greater precision and control
- Produce less pain, swelling and bleeding
- Expedite patient recovery
- Take less time
- Reduce patient anxiety
Do Treatments with Dental Lasers Cost More?
The cost of laser dentistry is based upon the nature of the procedure. Generally speaking, using lasers is more cost effective because the treatment can be performed in less time and fewer appointments. We recommend that you verify your insurance coverage before your laser dentistry treatment to understand the coverage under your policy.
Want to Learn More About Laser Dentistry? Contact Dr. Paul Covell.
If you are interested in learning more about laser dentistry, restorative dentistry, dental bridges, veneers and our other services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Covell. You can also contact our office in Pasadena, Texas, directly at (713) 943-9832.
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