What is Laser Dentistry
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissues, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue.
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.
Dental lasers can be used to:
- Reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores
- Expose partially erupted wisdom tooth.
- Remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
- Manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
- Remove overgrow tissues cause 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.
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 experiences 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.
When your dentist performs a laser procedure, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser.