Laser Dentistry

What is laser dentistry

Laser dentistry uses cutting-edge technology to minimise common complaints related to dental procedures.

We use technologically advanced lasers to perform dental procedures, like removing infected tissue and decay. At Ratan and Singh Dental Studio, we have lasers for hard tooth structures and soft-tissue so that we can perform a wide range of dental procedures using laser technology.

Which Lasers are Available?

Epic Laser
Epic Dentistry is one of the most advanced dental treatments today. Epic uses a unique technology that combines focused light and thermal energy for a highly precise, exceptionally gentle dental experience. Epic allows your dentist to perform a wide range of procedures with benefits including:

  • Faster healing time and less trauma to teeth and gums
  • X-rays to see erupting teeth, missing or extra teeth, and bone issues at their earliest possible stages
  • Less anaesthetic for most procedures
  • Less post-operative discomfort
  • Making dental care a more relaxing experience for you

Waterlase Laser
Waterlase dentistry is one of the most advanced dental treatments available to Dentists today. Waterlase uses a patented technology that combines focused light energy with a stream of water for a highly precise, exceptionally gentle dental experience. Waterlase allows your dentist to perform a wide range of procedures with benefits including:

  • Less pain and faster healing time, with less trauma to teeth and gums
  • Less usage of anaesthetic for most procedures
  • Treatment of more than one part of the mouth in one visit, eliminating referrals and specialist visits in many cases.
  • Making dental care a more relaxing experience for you!

Diode Laser
Laser technology is one of the latest advances in dentistry. The Diode laser delivers energy in the form of a high-powered light.

Depending on the intended outcome, this energy moves at different wavelengths before it is absorbed or reflected by a "target". In dentistry, these targets are usually enamel, decay, or gum tissue. Each one absorbs a specific wavelength of light while reflecting others.

In many cases, we don't need to apply local anaesthesia. Unlike with dental drills, with laser dentistry, there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft-tissue procedures, it eliminates the need for suturing, and healing is much faster.

Is Laser Treatment Safe?

Laser dentistry is safer than conventional dental tools. The lasers are extremely precise, so the chance of removing excess healthy tissue is minimal.

Conventional dental tools, like a drill, also tend to heat up and apply unnecessary pressure on the adjacent teeth and tissue. You remove the risk of potential chipping or cracking when opting for laser treatment.

Does laser dentistry hurt?

Laser dentistry offers a mostly pain-free experience. There may be some discomfort following the procedure, as you heal, but for the most part - you won't feel a thing.

Most patients find laser procedures remarkably comfortable, so comfortable that in many cases, we don't need to apply anaesthetic. Lasers also eliminate the unpleasant aftereffects associated with many dental procedures — soreness, bleeding, inflammation, sutures, and numbness.

Laser Dentistry for Kids

Most children hate visiting the dentist for three reasons:

  • The sound of a drill
  • The pain of the anaesthetic needle
  • Feeling numb and sore after the visit.

Laser dentistry can offer children a dental experience without any of these factors, making dental visits much more comfortable for children. The usual fear, anxiety and heartache that accompanies dental visits could become a thing of the past.

Laser dentistry is also extremely safe. Due to the accuracy of the laser, we can make sure that we're only removing infected, damaged or decayed tissue and saving as much healthy tissue as possible.

What types of laser dental procedures are there?

Soft-Tissue Procedures
When we refer to soft-tissue in the mouth, we're usually referring to the gums. At Ratan and Singh Dental Studio, we offer a range of laser procedures to improve the health and appearance of the gums.

Our advanced laser technology makes it possible for us to offer a superior gum treatment experience. With laser technology, we can treat gum disease with pinpoint precision, cleaning and removing infected tissue. We can also perform cosmetic procedures, sculpting gum tissue to suit your aesthetic goals.

Hard-Tissue Procedures
The teeth and bones in the mouth make up the hard tissue.

Laser dentistry is a phenomenal option for cosmetic and general dental procedures because they can easily breakdown hard tissue with pinpoint accuracy.

Due to the variations in settings, we can pinpoint and remove damage and decay. We can also easily sculpt the teeth and bones to reshape them. The laser provides a far more comfortable experience as there's no noise; the procedures are much faster and relatively painless.

What are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?

We can attribute most dental anxiety to the dental drill and anaesthesia. The sound, pressure and heat of the drill can make a perfectly standard procedure traumatic for patients.

The long needle and pain associated with injecting the anaesthetic, as well as the prolonged numbing after the procedure, often prevents patients from seeking dental care in the first place.

By switching to laser dentistry, patients can experience these great benefits:

Comfort
Eliminating, the sights, sounds and sensations of conventional dentistry offers you a much more comfortable dental experience and no more anxiety.

Minimal Pain
This high-energy light technology is vastly less invasive than traditional dentistry methods. It eliminates the use of drills and scalpels in many dental procedures, which also reduces the need for anaesthesia.

Faster Recovery
The extremely precise and highly concentrated laser beams remove damaged tissue while closing the wound and promoting blood clotting, so you don't experience the pain, bleeding and swelling associated with dental procedures. There is also a decreased need for sutures with soft tissue lasers.

Infection Control
The highly advanced lasers also sterilise the area as they work so you have less chance of contracting a bacterial infection at the site.

Laser Dentistry in Cape Town

If you're interested in making the switch to laser dentistry, contact our practice in Gardens. Our experienced staff can answer all your questions and address your concerns.

Give us a call to find out more about these phenomenal lasers and how they can give you a more comfortable dental experience.