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Alin Alkass Offers Laser Technology to His Patients

14th June 2013

Laser technology has become an everyday part of life. From the price scanner at the checkout counter in the local supermarket to the device used by police to measure your driving speed, lasers are everywhere. Dentists like Dr. Alin Alkass have incorporated the use of laser technology into their dental practices to expand procedures and improve patients’ treatment experience.

How Does Laser Dentistry Work?

Lasers deliver energy as a form of light. This energy can be controlled by a dentist and used in place of surgical instruments or dental drills to cut through a hard surface such as a tooth or to perform surgical procedures on delicate soft tissue without pain or sutures and with minimal bleeding. Lasers can “cure” fillings to help create a stronger bond between the filling and the tooth. As a heat source, lasers enhance the effect of bleaching agents in teeth-whitening procedures performed in a dentist’s office.

Through many hours of specialized training, dentists became proficient at controlling the power output of the laser. By combining control of laser’s power output with the length of exposure of the tissue or tooth structure, dentists can focus treatment on a specific area to avoid damage to surrounding soft-tissue.

Using Lasers to Detect Tooth Decay

Much the same way that a police officer bounces the laser light off a moving car to measure its speed, a low-intensity laser light reflected off the surface of a tooth can help a dentist to accurately detect cavities and tooth decay. Dentists can then use hard-tissue lasers instead of traditional drills in the cavity-filling process. What’s more, lasers can kill bacteria frequently found in the cavity.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Laser treatment may also help patients who suffer from tooth sensitivity, which occurs when the root of a tooth is exposed. Tiny tubules located on the root allow hot, cold or sweet foods and liquids to travel to the tooth’s nerve. The laser is used to seal the tubules to prevent the sensitivity from continuing.

Other Laser Dentistry Procedures

When used in place of a scalpel, lasers limit damage to surrounding tissue; promote clotting to limit bleeding; sterilize the area to reduce the risk of infection; and minimize pain and discomfort. The array of laser instruments gives dentists the ability to treat conditions such as:

• Cold sores
• Sleep apnea
• Nerve regeneration
• Temporomandibular joint pain and inflammation
• Removal of benign tumors

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Dentists understand that the new laser technology affords them the opportunity to offer patient-friendly dental care without the noise or discomfort patients frequently associate with a trip to the dentist. Now, Dr. Alin Alkass can offer treatments and procedures in his office that might not have been available without dental lasers.

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