For our patients who have a fear of needles, drills, and other common dental instruments, laser dentistry can seem like a dream come true. Our Rolling Meadows dental office uses laser dentistry to treat a number of minor, but otherwise uncomfortable or painful conditions. Keep reading to learn more about this technique and how you could take advantage of it.
How Does a Dental Laser Work?
Dental lasers are not unlike your office laser pointer. They generate a light beam that, when narrowly focused and at a high intensity, has the power to vaporize tissue. Unlike your standard tissue cutting eliminating instruments, though, dental lasers are virtually painless for the patient, can precisely target problematic tissues and bacteria, and typically cause fewer damages to be recovered from following a procedure.
However, laser dentistry can’t treat all conditions. They do not yet have an application for filling cavities between teeth, teeth that already have fillings, or filling very large cavities. The treatment can be more expensive, because the hardware is far more expensive than your standard dental drill. And, although it can be very relaxing for many procedures, it does not always eliminate the need for local anesthesia.
Dental Lasers and You
Depending on your oral health and comfort with traditional dental procedures, laser dentistry may be the right option for you. The professional staff of Mike Errico DDS and Associates can answer your laser dentistry questions and address your concerns. We have years of experience treating patients in Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Illinois, and the surrounding areas.