Your natural teeth and soft tissue: gingiva, tongue, muscles are highly complex successful organs and any artificial replacement is usually less effective in the long run.
Extractions are basically a breakage of the jaw and not to be considered a simple treatment because of possible complications eg infection ,pain, damage to other teeth , permanent damage to nerve , severe blood loss, fainting or even heart attack /stroke if drugs are stopped for the dental treatment.
Stress leads to tooth clenching or grinding that leads to tooth fracture, gum recession , pain , headaches , backaches ,sensitivity to cold , and ultimately to loss of teeth due to bone loss. ..Most Israelis live with some unreasonable amount of stress ..( as do their dentists). The most common treatments are crowns ,splinting of teeth with crowns or reinforced fillings to replace lost teeth to spread the bite load and improve aesthetics.
Tooth decay can be due to inefficient cleaning but also to low natural strength of teeth due to calcium loss due to pregnancy, diet ( inefficient diet or excess sugars) , or certain diseases weakening the bone support naturally, or because of medical treatment eg. radiotherapy.
Treating the decay while it is small and easy saves the need for more expensive root canal and crown treatment.
Gingival disease can be avoided if treated and preventive measures are used as needed.
WHAT TREATMENTS ARE IMPROVED WITH LASERS?……..(Each laser has specific properties so several different types of lasers are used within our office).
.In general surgery with lasers is easy for the doctor ….. what you see is what you get.
Fillings, especially tooth coloured ones will be minimal in size (about 30% smaller due to accuracy,technique and sterility of laser treatments) and have elements that give an active defence against tooth decay (400% increase in formation of secondary dentine).
Root canal treatments ( more accurately called treatments in the nerve area in the tooth) can save teeth that otherwise would be extracted because unlike normal treatments that are unable to remove about 50% of the bacteria laser treatment removes close to 100% of the bacteria as a standard).
Lasers easily allow for removal of infected or excess gum tissue that may prevent observation of the area to be treated (without lasers gingival surgery can be expensive, painful and prevent immediate treatment of the root canal due to bleeding or delayed healing).
. HOW LASERS HELP IN MAKING GOOD DENTAL TREATMENT BETTER.
2.The sterility of the treatment aids the dentist to decide just to remove the decayed area and sterilize the rest of the cavity.
In addition, the ability to see and treat is improved with the laser and reduces mistakes (note that the bur continues to drill even after the pedal is disengaged unlike the laser that allows great control on when and how fast you remove tissue).
Tooth coloured fillings are chemically bonded to the tooth and lasers increase the bond ( metal amalgam fillings require much more tooth to be sacrificed for a mechanical bond with a mercury leak and more tooth sensitivity to cold and so are rarely recommended).
3.Root canals: the first problem is to find and open the small area of the entry to the canal and to sterilize it . Using lasers we can ,according to medical literature , reach 100% sterility. Without lasers you reach about 50% sterility. The laser anesthetizes the tooth against pain during treatment.
4.Lasers are a great help if surgery is needed on soft tissues and help reduce after treatment pain, increase bone growth , reduce infection, increase healing by formation of natural healing factors at the cell level and stop bleeding. Thus rarely are life saving coagulant medicines stopped for dental treatment.
Eryag and Co2 lasers don't touch the tissues , Diodes sometimes do so within the treatments when it is advantageous to do so…… we use several different types of lasers within one treatment, BENEFITING FROM THE SPECIAL ABILITIES OF EACH KIND.