What is Laser Dentistry?


What is a laser and how does it work?


A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue.


Are lasers used in dentistry?


Yes, lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. Lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures and are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments.


How are lasers used in dentistry?


Dental lasers can be used to:


• reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.

•  expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.

• remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.

• manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.

• remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.

• perform biopsy procedures.

• remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.

• remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.

• help treat infections in root canals.

• speed up tooth whitening procedures.


What are the benefits of using dental lasers?


There are several advantages. Dentists may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia in some procedures,  allowing the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Laser procedures can be more precise. Also, lasers can reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies; reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities; and control bleeding during surgery.