Lasers are taking the world of dentistry by storm. With new treatments being developed and perfected every day, lasers may soon become a big part of dentistry due to their quick and almost painless approach. Below are three ways laser treatments can be used to treat your child's dental problems.
The Release of Tongue Ties
Tongue ties can have a significant impact on a young child's nutritional intake, as well as their speech development. When the child is young, this can be frustrating for the parents who cannot understand why their child is unable to latch/suck properly, especially if this problem goes undiagnosed for years.
Luckily, the treatment is pretty straightforward, and that is to cut the tie or have it surgically corrected. Laser dentistry offers a quick, pain-free solution that results in minimal bleeding and doesn't require general anesthetic.
The Detection and Removal of Cavities
With the increasing use of fluoride in general dentistry, enamel is becoming harder, making it more difficult for dentists to detect signs of decay before it spreads. Early detection is key when it comes to effectively treating and preventing further, more serious issues.
With the help of lasers, dentists are now able to detect signs of decay, even if not visibly apparent. The process of laser detection works by directing the laser at a single tooth. The light reflected back at the laser determines whether signs of decay are present underneath the enamel.
The lasers can also be used to remove the bacteria within the cavity, restoring the tooth without any need for shots or anesthetics.
The Removal of Diseased Gum Tissue
If your child suffers from extensive gingivitis, laser treatment may be one way to treat it. Lasers can be used to remove dead and diseased gum tissue. This can prevent the spread of the bacteria from the gums to the teeth, preventing further infection and disease.
While not always necessary, an aggressive treatment may be required depending on the extent of the gum disease. Speak with your child's dentist about alternative options before deciding on laser therapy.
Listed above are three dental issues that may be able to be treated with the use of dental lasers. It's always important to discuss treatment options with your child's dentist. There are some cases in which laser dentistry would not be the best approach and in those cases, your child's dentist can walk you through alternative options.