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Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is the use of lasers to treat a number of different dental conditions. Laser dentistry potentially offers a more comfortable treatment option for a number of dental procedures involving hard or soft tissue compared to drills and other non-laser tools.

LASER stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” The instrument creates light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. This laser light produces a reaction when it hits tissue, allowing it to remove or shape the tissue.

  1. Soft Tissue Procedures:

    • Gum Reshaping: Dental lasers can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as reshaping the gums to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
    • Gingivectomy: Lasers are used to remove excess gum tissue, often as part of the treatment for gum disease or to enhance the appearance of the gums.
    • Frenectomy: Laser technology is employed to release tight bands of tissue (frenum) that may cause speech or orthodontic issues.
  2. Hard Tissue Procedures:

    • Cavity Removal: Lasers can be used to remove decayed tooth structure. While not a replacement for traditional drills in all cases, lasers can be an alternative in certain situations.
    • Tooth Preparation: Lasers may be used for certain aspects of tooth preparation for dental fillings or other restorations.
  3. Periodontal (Gum) Treatment:

    • Periodontal Pocket Disinfection: Lasers can target and remove bacteria in periodontal pockets, aiding in the treatment of gum disease.
    • Gum Surgery: Lasers are used in various periodontal procedures, such as reducing pocket depth and reshaping gum tissue.
  4. Teeth Whitening:

    • Bleaching: Some dental offices use lasers to enhance the effects of tooth whitening agents during in-office teeth whitening procedures.
  5. Lesion Removal:

    • Biopsy: Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue for examination, aiding in the diagnosis of oral lesions.
  6. Pain Relief and Healing:

    • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): Some lasers are used for therapeutic purposes, such as reducing pain and inflammation and promoting tissue healing.
  7. Benefits of Laser Dentistry:

    • Precision: Lasers can target specific tissues with high precision, minimizing damage to surrounding areas.
    • Reduced Discomfort: In many cases, the use of lasers is associated with less discomfort compared to traditional methods, leading to a reduced need for anesthesia.
    • Reduced Bleeding: Lasers can promote blood clotting and reduce bleeding during soft tissue procedures.
    • Minimized Swelling: Soft tissue laser procedures often result in less postoperative swelling.
  8. Considerations:

    • Training: Dentists using lasers should have specific training and education in laser dentistry.
    • Safety: Proper safety measures, including protective eyewear, are essential when using dental lasers.

It’s important to note that not all dental procedures can be performed with lasers, and their use depends on the specific clinical situation and the dentist’s training and expertise. Patients interested in laser dentistry should consult with their dentist to determine if it’s a suitable option for their treatment needs.