LASER THERAPY & ORAL HYGIENE
Alberta is the only province that allows dental hygienists to use laser technology!
Laser therapy uses a concentrated beam of light to remove tooth decay, bacteria, and other debris from teeth. The laser can also be used to kill bacteria and improve gum health. Laser therapy is safe, effective, and painless. It is another tool in our belt used to work alongside the more traditional dental cleaning methods, such as scaling.
There are many benefits of laser therapy, including:
Reduced pain and discomfort
Reduced risk of infection
Faster healing time
Improved oral health overall
There are four primary uses for laser therapy: Laser bacterial reduction (LBR), laser-assisted periodontal therapy (LAPT), dental desensitization, and finally cold & canker sore treatment.
Laser Bacterial Reduction
LBR is a routine cleaning process and is performed before a regular dental scaling; essentially, laser energy is directed between the gums and the teeth which causes bacterial death. Typically, bacteria re-establish themselves to the same levels as before treatment in about 6-9 months. With traditional dental hygiene, bacteria usually re-establish themselves after only three months.
Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy
(LAPT) is used to treat infected gum tissue. This minimally invasive procedure requires local anesthesia and is relatively quick and painless. During the procedure, laser energy is used to remove only the diseased gum tissue that sits next to the tooth. This allows healthy tissue to re-attach to the teeth, providing a strong foundation for long-term oral health.
One common dental issue that affects many people is sensitive teeth. Through the use of laser therapy we can help to reduce and sometimes eliminate this sensitivity. During the procedure, a desensitizing agent is placed on the teeth and then exposed to laser energy. This helps to embed the agent within the tooth surface, providing protection from sensitivity for 6-12 months. The best part is that this painless procedure can easily be incorporated into your routine dental hygiene therapy appointment.
Canker or Cold Sore Treatment
If you suffer from cold sores or canker sores, laser therapy may be able to help. Laser energy can be directed around and onto the sores, causing healing to occur at a faster rate. Usually, both sores take 10-14 days to heal, but after laser treatment, they can be gone within 4-5 days. The pain from the sore will immediately be reduced. This painless procedure can be completed as part of your routine care appointment, or you can schedule an appointment just for laser therapy for a cold sore. If you're tired of dealing with the pain and embarrassment of cold sores or canker sores, laser therapy may be worth considering.