Laser at the dentistNowadays, the laser is becoming more and more popular as a modern and gentler method of dental treatment. More and more dentists offer this service in their practices. The modern dentist has practically a precise blade of focused light with the laser, which allows him to work more precisely than with a drill. The laser can now be used in many different ways. Nowadays, it enables teeth whitening – so-called bleaching – caries, gum and root canal treatment. The laser can remove aphthae and herbes and even allows dental surgery. If you decide to have a laser treatment at the dentist (for example: Prof. Dhom – Ludwigshafen), you have to consider the costs. You should bear in mind that most statutory health insurance companies either do not pay for laser treatment at the dentist at all or only partially. However, if they are privately insured, they have a good chance of being reimbursed. How expensive a laser treatment can be depends on the duration of the treatment and the complexity of the treatment. In any case, you should inform yourself before the treatment exactly about the costs and their assumption by the health insurance. One way for statutory health insurance holders to cover the costs is to take out supplementary dental insurance. But why don’t the public health insurances cover the costs of laser treatment? You have to bear in mind that the dentist has to pay for the purchase of his dental laser himself and the treatment usually takes longer than with conventional methods. The resulting costs cannot be covered by the statutory health insurance companies with their limited budget. The advantages of the dental laser are obvious: The laser treatment at the dentist is gentler than the conventional drill. The dentist can work with the laser more precisely, painlessly, bloodlessly and thus more sterilely. The transmission of vibrations to the tooth is also lower. Pressure and temperature pain are eliminated. The laser emits no drilling noise and anaesthesia can be dispensed with. In addition, if bone inflammation should occur after implantation, the laser is an effective treatment method. If you are among those who have to take blood thinners, the laser is particularly suitable because it is bloodless. One of the most interesting effects of the laser is the elimination of germs.
The laser waves evaporate the moisture in the germs and the cell membrane bursts open. The germs are thus dead. They do not have to worry about the dangers of the laser. Laser technology has been in use since the beginning of the 1990s and dentists have been well trained in the use of lasers. If you are dealing with an experienced laser doctor and follow all safety instructions, such as wearing protective glasses, there is hardly any risk. But there is a drop of bitterness. Even if you have opted for the laser, the dreaded drill cannot be completely replaced by the laser even today. Nevertheless, the laser method remains a pleasant and gentle alternative to the drill, with advantages that far outweigh the higher costs.
CurettageCurettage is a periodontal procedure used to remove plaque and tartar that accumulate beneath the gums and on the tooth itself. Simply put, teeth are scraped and polished. Because of the accumulation of plaque tartar is formed, even under the gums, the treatment should also be carried out under the gums. Tartar provides a good basis for the growth of any kind of bacteria, which can lead to inflammation, loss of jaw bone and even tooth loss. Curettage is performed on the affected jaw area under local anesthesia. Only a single tooth can be treated or, if more affected, the whole mouth area. Curettage can be performed by mechanical means or laser. The most effective method is a combination of both methods (the same way as the treatment is carried out in our clinic).
Laser therapy for the treatment of aphthae and herpes Low level laser therapy is a special field in laser dentistry that is often underestimated and even smiled at. Since the effect of the laser radiation is not immediately visible and sometimes not directly perceptible, it is difficult to convince doubters, even though there are already hundreds of clinical studies on this subject, all of which report positive results in the context of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
Low level lasers, such as the diode lasers from elexxion, can be used quite frequently in a dental practice. Beginning with the alleviation of temporomandibular joint pain up to the reduction of postoperative pain as well as photodynamic therapy to reduce germ load in endodontics and periodontology. Far more frequently, however, patients with aphthae or herpes affections come to the practice, which are among the most frequently occurring oral mucosa diseases. These are difficult to treat with classical drug therapy and are only moderately successful. This is certainly also due to the special aetiology and genesis of these diseases.
Pain-free oral surgery using modern laser technology Due to the speed of the laser treatment, the tissue is less stressed. In many cases, the wound no longer needs to be sutured. The healing process is accelerated by “welding” the wound after the treatment. This also means that operations can be carried out almost bloodlessly.
The use of laser technology is absolutely mature, so that the safety of our patients is guaranteed. The laser can also be used for pregnant patients. The laser is also a proven alternative for patients with blood and circulatory diseases.