We review some of the current advanced technologies and procedures used in Laser dentistry.
1. Treatment of decay with air abrasion? TOP
- Air abrasion is a method of gently and precisely removing dental decay with a high powered fine spray of aluminium oxide powder:
- It reduces the need for the use of the high-speed drill.
- Local anaesthesia is often not necessary.
- There is no vibration or smell.
- The procedure is usually completed more quickly.
- It is especially good for treating teeth with early decay.
- It is completely safe to use.
2. Treatment of decay and gum problems with dental lasers? TOP
- A dental laser is an intense concentration of energy into a beam of light. This is called a laser beam:
- The energy of lasers can be used to vaporise tissues.
- It provides a painless and vibration free method of removing dental decay
3. Digital x-ray imaging? TOP
- When computer technology is applied to the taking of x-rays, it allows the image to be made, stored, retrieved and transmitted to another site in a digital form:
- The images may be enlarged permitting better diagnosis.
- They can easily be stored in the computer or printed on paper.
- The system is thought to considerably reduce exposure to radiation.
- The use of digital x-ray imaging is increasing rapidly.
4. Tissue engineering? TOP
- This is a method of growing genetic tissues in a laboratory:
- When a patient lacks the tissues needed for grafting, this method of growing new tissues can be very valuable.
- This new tissue may be grafted back into the patient to replace tissue lost because of disease or trauma.
- It will be of great benefit for gum and bone grafting..