The time of non-invasive surgery techniques is upon us.
Of course, we’ve already seen doctors and surgeons use tiny cameras, surgical instruments, and small tubes to complete procedures through a few small incisions in a medical technique called laparoscopy. There’s also robotic surgery, and this method gives the doctor a completely 3-D view of the patient’s surgery site. Robotic surgery allows the doctor to complete the operation with more control and precision. But what does this have to do with dental work? Low-level laser therapy is a similar approach that has recently been showing up in dental practices, including Dr. Huff’s office.
Rather than cutting into or destroying tissue, LLLT is used for reducing pain, relieving muscle tension, regenerating nerves, and healing tissue. Essentially, LLLT, also known as phototherapy or photobiomodulation, restores normal cell function by utilizing light energy from the lasers to extract biological and cellular responses from the body. Because the lasers that are used for this method are defocused beams, the temperature of the tissue is not elevated to a point that it could be destroyed. For this reason, the lasers that are used in LLLT are often referred to as “cold lasers.”
So what does this have to do with your dental visits? Well, low-level laser therapy is a new tool that is starting to become an irreplaceable tool for dentists. The dental uses of LLLT include:
- Reducing post-op pain from extractions
- Encouraging implant healing and integration into bone
- Discomfort from braces
- Cold sore healing
- Pain relief for tight jaw muscles and TMJ pain
These are only a few of the dental procedures that can benefit from LLLT methods. Because these lasers are ideal in reducing pain and promoting healing, your dentist has the ability to treat any pain immediately while you are in their office. There have been no reported negative side effects to this treatment. In fact, Dr. Huff reports that many of his surgical patients have minimal to no post-op pain when LLLT is used at the time of surgery. For that reason, and including the benefits that have been listed above, Dr. Huff is pleased with the advancements that low-level laser therapy has brought to his office and, more importantly, the satisfaction that it has brought to his patients.
Dr. Huff contributes articles to Spear Digest, a resource for dentists, and he has written an in-depth article on low-level laser therapy and how he has used it in his practice. If you are interested in reading it, you can find the article here. He is also always accepting new patients serving southeast Ohio and surrounding areas. You can schedule online or contact the office by phone at 330-364-2011.