Have you heard about photobiomodulation or PBMT? Have you wondered how it is used in dentistry? Think of it as a secret weapon you can use to enhance your dental procedures and relieve your patient’s pain almost instantly without using needles or medication.
Also known as laser therapy, PBMT is a treatment all dentists should be aware of to help them work smarter, not harder. In this article, we’ll explain what laser therapy is, 3 specific ways laser therapy can help you in dentistry and which laser is the best one for you.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, uses NIR (near-infrared light) on tissue to stimulate healing at a cellular level. It helps the affected area recover faster from injury or infection, stimulates the growth of bone and tissue, and reduces pain and inflammation. It does this by stimulating the mitochondria of the cell to generate ATP, the basis for cell growth, movement, and homeostasis.
How can Laser Therapy Help me as a Dentist?
Therapeutic lasers are becoming increasingly popular in dentistry. As a dentist, understanding the benefits of laser therapy and how it can be applied in your practice can help you provide better care for your patients and enhance treatment outcomes in 3 specific ways:
- Reduce Pain and Inflammation
- Promote Bone and Tissue Regeneration
- Accelerate Tooth Movement in Orthodontics.
Reduce Pain and Inflammation
One of the most significant advantages of laser therapy is its ability to reduce pain and inflammation quickly. This is particularly beneficial for patients who are experiencing pain or discomfort due to periodontal disease, sensitive teeth, or craniofacial pain. It also can be used post-surgery to reduce pain associated with oral surgery, root canal treatment and complex restorations. Read this research article to learn more about how laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation.
Therapeutic lasers can be viewed as an added benefit to your clinical routine to enhance a dentists’ overall patient care. Patients hate being in pain, so the sooner you can treat pain, the happier patients will be with your treatment. As a result, they will become your loyal patients and you will be regarded as a dentist who provides a high quality of care.
Promote Bone and Tissue Regeneration
Laser therapy can also be used to promote bone and tissue regeneration. This is particularly useful for patients who have recently undergone treatments such as periodontal and implant surgery, extractions, and orthodontics. The laser energy promotes increased blood circulation for faster healing and stimulates the growth of new bone and tissue. To read research articles related to bone healing and tissue repair using laser therapy, click the associated links.
Photobiomodulation can shorten treatment times for various procedures. For example, you can speed up orthodontic treatment, regenerate bone faster to place an implant, and accelerate tissue healing after oral surgery. As a result, you can complete treatment plans sooner and see more patients for new dental treatment.
Accelerate Tooth Movement in Orthodontics
There is growing evidence that laser therapy greatly benefits those involved in orthodontic treatment. Not only does it reduce the pain associated with tooth movement, but it can also speed up tooth movement by up to 30%! It does this by stimulating alveolar bone remodeling.
This means that orthodontic treatments can be completed in less time. You can see more patients due to shorter treatment times. And most importantly, patients can complete their treatment faster. It’s a win-win for everyone!
MLS® Laser Therapy is the Best for Dentistry
When it comes to laser therapy in dentistry, the best therapeutic laser is the MLS® Dental Laser. It is uniquely designed with dental software that includes specific treatment protocols for dental applications. It uses two different laser wavelengths to provide fast and effective treatment of pain, inflammation, and oedema. This makes it a versatile tool for a variety of dental procedures.
MLS laser therapy can be applied for a wide range of treatments such as periodontal and endodontic treatment, orthodontics, oral surgery, and craniofacial pain. Laser energy targets the source of the issue and relieves patients of pain from the first treatment. This can lead to faster healing times and fewer complications for patients.
Watch the following video of a testimonial from leading dentists Dr Ed and Lynn Lipskis as they talk about the MLS® Laser Therapy and how they use it in their dental practice.
Overall, laser therapy is a safe, effective, opioid-free and non-invasive treatment option that offers a wide range of benefits for patients. It can reduce pain and inflammation, promote bone and tissue regeneration, and it can be used in orthodontics to accelerate tooth movement. It’s the ideal tool for dentists who want to treat pain fast and for those who want to enhance clinical outcomes whilst reducing treatment times.
MLS® laser therapy is the best therapeutic laser for dentists. It can be used in a variety of dental treatments to reduce pain, inflammation, and oedema at a cellular level. If you’d like to know more, book a demo to see how it can help you practice dentistry better.