Dr. Antonio Bowen Antolin is a dentist and belongs to The Doctors, the select circle of top doctors in Spain. As an expert in dental laser, he will explain the details of this technique.
What does the laser technique consist of?
The laser technique consists in the application of a light, laser light on some tissues in such a way that it exerts its action exclusively on them. The case that concerns us, which is the application of the laser in the mouth, consists of the application of different types of laser on the different tissues that we have in the mouth, both teeth and gums, bone or any other tissue and selectively exert their action on them.
What advantages does it offer over other techniques?
The advantages are unquestionable. First of all, it is a totally selective technique, which means that we will only treat those tissues that have pathology. Secondly, it offers sterilization, a totally clean, totally sterile practice, since the laser, at the same time that it is cutting or eliminating tissues that are diseased, also eliminates all the bacteria that are present in the area. And thirdly and much more importantly, it offers the technique of painlessness. With laser techniques, laser technology the amount of anesthesia to be used is minimal and in the case of fillings or fillings practically non-existent. Finally, the laser is, classically, a minimally invasive technique that offers all the advantages of the usual techniques and none of the most common disadvantages.
Can it be used in any pathology of the mouth?
Yes, laser technology can be used in all pathologies of the mouth, in all diseases of the mouth, and also in all subspecialties of odontostomatology. Thus we apply it in conservative dentistry for fillings or obturations, for periodontal or gum treatments, in which the effectiveness is maximum, for the whole field of surgery of the mouth in which its use is unquestionable and also allows us to perform a thorough and totally precise surgery, in implantology both for the treatment of diseased implants and for the insertion treatment of implants, and in prosthetics it is also used in the same way as for teeth whitening and of course, for the treatment of dentin sensitivity.
What should patients keep in mind after the procedure?
Basically follow the norms, rules and advice given to them by their dentist. But we must bear in mind that they are much less invasive interventions, much faster interventions, interventions usually without anesthesia most of the time, so the rules to be followed by the patient is conventional, simple, is the reintegration to their normal daily life as quickly as possible. There is no special care, except for the general care of any intervention.
In the following article Dr. Antonio Bowen Antolín explains what the dental laser technique is, what advantages it has over other methods, its use in all types of oral diseases and the procedure to follow after the intervention.