Laser Endodontics

Laser-assisted root canal treatment is an important new innovation designed to provide a more thorough cleaning and disinfecting the complex canal system found in our teeth.  We, at Pelka Endodontics, have integrated lasers into our endodontic treatment protocol for our complex cases.

There are many benefits of laser dentistry.

  1. More treatments can be completed in a single visit,
  2. Treatment is more comfortable and may require less use of anesthetic.
  3. The chemicals needed to disinfect and clean the canal are used in a smaller percentage.
  4. Dental lasers also shorten treatment time and healing time and decrease the risk of infection following treatment.
  5. Lasers minimize bleeding both during and after treatment, and because they are very precise, targeted area without affecting nearby healthy tissues.

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE WATERLASE LASER WE USE:

Active medium is erbium – emitting a beam of infrared energy at a wavelength of 2789nm. It utilizes HydroPhotonics technology (interaction of laser with water to produce energy) to cut soft and hard tissues. In dental hard tissue, photo-ablation occurs where water evaporates instantaneously thereby ablating the surrounding tissue with minimal thermal side effects.

Radial Firing Tips – A Technological Advancement, utilizies a unique radial beam pattern that fires laterally from its tip and cannot fire directly into or through the tooth apex. This firing pattern allows for a more uniform coverage of the entire dentinal surface. It Improves penetration of the entire canal wall to include lateral canals by laser energy.

The most important application of the dental laser treatment in State College, PA and Williamsport, PA is in root canal preparation, specifically 1. The efficient removal of necrotic tissue and the smear layer, 2.  root canal disinfection especially in areas previously not accessible. Lasers have been introduced to dentistry by Miaman. The laser therapy has various applications.

Lasers used in dental practice can be classified by various methods:

  1. According to the lasing medium used, such as, gas laser and solid laser
  2. According to tissue applicability, hard tissue and soft tissue lasers
  3.  According to the range of wavelength.

The erbium ‘family’ of lasers has two distinct wavelengths, Er, Cr: YSGG (yttrium scandium gallium garnet) lasers and Er: YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers. The erbium wavelengths have a high affinity for hydroxyapatite (tooth structure) and the highest absorption of water in any dental laser wavelengths. Consequently, it is the laser of choice for treatment of dental hard tissues. In addition to hard tissue procedures, erbium lasers can also be used for soft tissue ablation, because the dental soft tissue also contains a high percentage of water.

There are many benefits of laser dentistry.

WE INVITE YOU TO CALL OR VISIT US AT PELKA ENDODONTICS TODAY. WE WILL PROVIDE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS AND HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LASER THERAPY.