Whether it’s for treating issues like gum disease or for improving the appearance of the teeth, many dentists are no longer referring surgeries to oral surgeons. Instead, they receive training on using CO2 wavelength lasers to perform procedures themselves. Laser dentistry has many advantages, as listed here.
The CO2 wavelength laser is one of the most powerful continuous wavelength lasers in practice today. It is a carbon dioxide laser that operates efficiently, with a power to pump ratio as much as 20 percent. CO2 lasers produce an invisible laser that produces infrared wavelengths to cut tissues. They allow for precise, shallow cuts, which is perfect for doing surgeries on the head and neck.
Our dentists at Professional Dental in Irving, TX, use these lasers for many procedures like:
Many dentists use COs lasers instead of scalpels due to their advantages, like having a nearly bloodless surgery. With no blood spilling out when excising tissue, the dentists can see the surgical field better to remove tissue.
Carbon dioxide lasers allow our dentists at Professional Dental to work without giving patients anesthesia for many procedures. The laser can also move from soft to hard tissues without our dentists in Irving, TX, needing to touch the laser to adjust it while they are working.
The patient won’t feel pain, they won’t need to wait until the anesthesia wears off to leave, and they may not need a friend to drive them home afterward.
Some procedures like soft-tissue crown lengthening, biopsies, and gingivectomies (which is removing part of the gums) can be difficult to do with scalpels. Fortunately, they are easier and quicker to do with CO2 lasers. The lasers allow our dentists at Professional Dental to help more patients in Irving, TX, than we could before using the laser system.
Laser dentistry has many advantages for both our patients and dentists, which is why many dental offices switched to laser systems. Also, patients no longer need referrals to oral surgeons that they don’t know. Our dentists receive thorough training on the CO2 laser system so that they can perform the procedures that our patients need.