Laser applications in the practice of dentistry today are welcome developments not only for dental professionals but for dental patients as well. It is hoped that with the advent of laser dentistry, fear of the dentist will eventually be a thing of the past. For people who have low pain threshold levels, laser dentistry is the perfect solution. Dental lasers are classified according to the softness or hardness of tissue they treat.
Even with the proven benefits of dental lasers, there is a seeming reluctance on the part of dental clinicians because of the hefty investment needed and the rapid turnover of high technology developments. What is discouraging some medical professionals from owning lasers is the uncertainty of ever realizing some earnings from the investment since newer versions can appear in the market anytime. Of lower intensity than the high power lasers, the low level laser can help shorten treatment time and improve therapeutic results. Low level laser procedure is an affordable and non invasive method of taking care of various mouth disorders like pain, inflammation and blistering.
Normally, the range for LLLs is between 1 and 500 milliwatts. If a patient needs these lasers, chances are he or she will be placed under LLL therapy. Primarily used for therapeutic applications, low level lasers are also known as low power level, soft, cold, bio stimulation or bio modulation lasers but regardless of the terms people use, these lasers can easily provoke a reaction from affected tissues and the like.
When it comes to these LLLs, they are the kinds of light sources that make use of a visible spectrum. However, lasers with higher power levels are more effective in penetrating deeper tissues unreachable by low level lasers in certain therapeutic processes. There are still dentists using high power lasers who have not explored the possibility of using their lasers for therapeutic procedures.
A series of laser therapy procedures results in the revitalization of body cells, restoration of normal cellular functions and enhancement of the body’s natural healing processes, effectively eliminating pain in the process. With the introduction of lasers, the practice of dentistry and the quality of treatment have greatly improved and this holds true in almost all medical fields. For economical and practical reasons, patients prefer to use dentifrices that contain potent numbing ingredients to address dentinal pain instead of going through more expensive laser therapies. Postoperative pain is a natural consequence of most major dental treatments like the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth or the placement of deep fillings or inlays.
The majority of patients who frequent dental operatories are those afflicted with cases of HSV1. The first signs of oral herpes should be reason enough for a patient to see the dentist the earliest time possible. The onset of oral herpes is the best time to initiate treatment. Symptoms like pain, oral sores, fever or muscle ache normally subside within 4 12 days. At the first instance of appearance, an oral blister should be treated immediately and repeatedly until it disappears.
Pain is naturally the most common concern of patients. A series of LLLT sessions helps relieve almost all sorts of body pain. Irradiating the affected tissue after an operation minimizes inflammation, relaxes muscles and effectively reduces pain and discomfort. Paresthesia is sometimes a side effect of oral surgery in the lower jaw area. The laser dentist can use LLLT to mitigate this and other discomforts.
Patients also refer their sinusitis cases to their laser dentists. Low level laser therapy is a fast, easy and effective way of dissipating the accompanying discomforts. The thing about LLLT is that it is best suited to people with temporomandibular joint troubles. LLLT works well not only on joint related cases but on other health problems like bursitis, lymphedema and carpal tunnel syndrome as well. Laser therapy, hand in hand with conventional therapy, signals the beginning of the complete therapy.