Dr Cameron Sordi Gives Guidance on how to Avoid Oral Surgery Complications
Despite dental lasers being on the market for more than 20 years, it has only been in the last five years that we have seen these tools become prominent fixtures in dental offices. Originally designed to aid in teeth whitening and biopsies, today lasers are used to accurately shape gums and are also replacing drills used for removing tooth decay.Untitled
According to the American Dental Association, there are more than 20 different ways dental lasers are being used in dental offices across North America. While all lasers work by producing energy in the form of light, there are a number of dental lasers designed for specific uses.
When used during oral surgery or invasive dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting tool, vaporizing the tissue that it comes in contact with. However, lasers are most commonly used for rapid curing of white fillings, a process that can strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. During teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source enhancing the effects of the tooth-bleaching agents.
Laser therapy is increasing in popularity because patients report feeling less pain when the laser is used, which leads to reduced amounts of anesthesia required. Lasers are also being touted as an alternative tool for people who suffer from dental anxiety and phobia because they can replace the loud dental drill. They have also been found to minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments and preserve more tooth surface during cavity removal.
In recent years, there have been a number of studies examining the effects of low-energy level dental lasers in relation to wound healing. “Low level laser therapy (LLLT, uses light energy from lasers or light emitting diodes to elicit cellular and biological responses in the body,” writes Dr. Gerry Ross. “Light photons work on various cell processes to stimulate the release of cellular energy, which can be used to facilitate the restoration of normal cell morphology and function.”
Even though dental lasers are revolutionizing the way oral health care and surgery is performed, it is important to remember that despite reducing some of the complications associated with oral surgery, lasers do not completely eliminate them. “Patients need to be proactive when it comes to recovery after any oral surgery, even ones with lasers,” said Ontario-based dentist Dr Cameron Sordi.
Cameron Sordi, who has been a practicing dentist for more than a decade, also points out that some patients forget that post-operative care is equally as important as the surgery itself. “We can use the fanciest lasers and tools, but it really is up to patients to make sure they keep the area clean and watch for any signs of complications,” added Dr Cameron Sordi.