Laser Dentistry

What is a dental laser and what does it do?

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

Are using lasers common in dentistry?

Indeed, lasers have been applied in dentistry for decades.  Lasers works extremely well as a safe and effective treatment for a wide array of dental procedures and are often used along with other dental instruments.

Some examples of how dental lasers are used:

– applied to canker or cold sores it can decrease their discomfort.

– expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.

– remove soft tissue that limit proper movement in the mouth.

Address gum tissue during impressions for crowns as well as other procedures.

– remove overgrown tissues that can be 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.

– address infections in root canals.

– speed tooth whitening procedures.

Are the benefits of using dental lasers?

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

Are dental lasers safe?

Absolutely!  As long as it is used in accordance to what it was designed to be used for in the dental office.  When a laser is used in a procedure, you and the staff will be wearing special protective eye wear as the laser light is intense, but the laser is safe when used correctly.