Saturday, July 2, 2011

An Introduction to Laser Dentistry


lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures. Lasers are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments.


Dental lasers can be used to:

  • correct speech problems caused by a tongue-tie, which prevents normal tongue movement.
  • uncover partially erupted wisdom teeth.
  • remove decay from a cavity and prepare the tooth for a new filling.
  • remove muscle pulls, as seen in orthodontic patients.
  • manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns.
  • remove swollen tissues caused by medications.
  • perform biopsy procedures.
  • remove inflamed gum tissues and reduce the amount of bacteria within a periodontal pocket.
  • remove or reshape excess gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
  • treat abscessed gums and infections in root canals.
  • reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
  • activate whitening chemicals that are used to lighten teeth.

    There are several advantages. Dentists may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia,  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.

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