If you have anxiety about dental treatments, or you’re looking for a faster or more comfortable alternative to the drill, talk to the Glebe Dental team about laser dentistry.
Dental lasers have been used for decades in the treatment of tooth decay, gum disease, teeth whitening and for minor surgery. They use a concentrated beam of light that can be adjusted to different levels to accurately cut through teeth or soft tissues without the noise, vibrations or discomfort of traditional dental tools.
If you need a filling or root canal, talk to our dentists in Sydney about our laser dentistry options. We can also offer laser gum lifts and snoring treatments using NightLase. We’ll explain everything that’s involved in these treatments, including any risks and complications, to help you decide whether laser dentistry is the right choice for you.
Why choose laser dentistry?
Dental lasers don’t come into contact with your teeth, so they don’t create vibrations like dental drills. They can also eliminate the need for anaesthesia injections for some treatments, although anaesthetic will still be required for most procedures. This can make laser dentistry a good alternative if you have dental anxiety or a phobia of needles.
Lasers can preserve more of your tooth’s structure during filling treatments, root canals and crown preparation. They can also minimise bleeding and swelling during soft tissue surgery such as a gum lift, meaning your treatment can be completed faster and you’ll have a shorter recovery period.
If one or more of your teeth are affected by decay, we may be able to treat them using lasers, without the traditional drill or needle. During the treatment, we’ll use a laser to remove the decayed part of your tooth, prepare the tooth for a filling, and finally cure the filling to bond it in place.
The laser filling procedure usually takes the same amount of time as a standard filling and can be completed in a single appointment. However, you may not be suitable for laser fillings if you have cavities between your teeth or around existing fillings.
Laser root canal
Lasers can be used to eliminate bacteria inside a tooth and to carefully remove the infected pulp during a root canal procedure. This helps to make sure your tooth is fully sterilised before we place a synthetic material inside and cover it with a filling or crown. Lasers can also reduce discomfort during the treatment and speed up the healing process compared to conventional root canal therapy.
If you want to remove excess gum tissue to show more of your teeth and modify your smile, we can use lasers to gently resculpt your gumline. Compared to traditional gum surgery that uses a scalpel, laser gum surgery helps to minimise pain, bleeding and swelling, and allows your gums to heal faster.
If you or someone in your family snores loudly or has breathing problems at night, you could have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). We may recommend NightLase treatment, which uses a laser to tighten and reduce the size of soft tissues in your mouth and airways, helping to remove the obstruction and improve airflow so you can get a good night’s sleep.
NightLase treatment can be completed in a single appointment and can last up to 12 months.