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Q: How can lasers make dental treatment pain free?

Posted January 01, 2014 in Advice Column, Ames

A: The laser system can be used for everything from fixing cavities to preparing teeth for crowns and root canals and even putting in implants. Laser dentistry allows dentists to correct periodontal problems more accurately and repair cavities painlessly, often without additional numbing devices. Only a small number of practices have started using this state of the art technology.

Studies have shown lasers can be less traumatic for patients. The laser provides a quick and unique cutting action that is precise and gentle, so it preserves healthy tooth or gums around decay or disease. The beauty of the laser is that it helps to fix the diseased part of the tooth, gums or bone without damaging adjacent healthy tissue. Laser-assisted dentistry is also quieter, with no drilling sound.

Patients who have experienced it are leaving their appointments pleased their jaw is not numb and they feel so good. Tissue that used to take weeks to heal now heals in a few days with little or no pain. For anyone who needs dental work but may be putting it off due to traditional fears of pain and discomfort, laser-assisted dentistry could mean an end to their fear of dentists.

Information provided by Dr. Amie Rockow-Nelson, Ames Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, 415 S. Duff, Suite D, Ames, 515-956-3700.

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