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Lasers are More Than Science Fiction; They are Reality

Lasers are quite impressive in science fiction movies, but they are also proving effective in reality in the field of dentistry.  The term “laser” in an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification. We don’t need to get too technical here but we can simply understand it as an instrument that emits a very narrow intense beam of light. This beam of light can be used in many ways by dentists including:

– reduce the discomfort of cold sores.

– expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.

– manage gum tissue during impression for crowns.

– remove overgrown tissue.

– perform biopsies.

– remove inflamed gum tissue and aid in gum disease treatment.

– reshape gum and bone during crown lengthening procedures.

– help with root canal infections.

– tooth whitening procedures.

Lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 90’s. They are safe, effective, and allow the patient to feel less pain than older treatment methods, often reducing the need for anesthesia. For example, in some instances lasers can replace drills and I’m sure you’re happy about that! Lasers offer fine precision and because they are less invasive, the patient can experience less bleeding, swelling, and their recovery time is shorter.

I use Lasers in my practice for treating gum disease. Periodontal disease is the Silent Killer of the dental world. There is more and more research that shows gum disease is a contributing factor for other life-threatening problems like diabetes, vascular disorders, and even some cancers. The blood stream in the gums is the same bloodstream that runs throughout your entire body. Keeping your gums free from infection supports the health of your entire system.

By using a laser, I can treat gum disease without resorting to surgery. The laser reshapes the gums and aids in removing bacteria resulting from gum disease and cavities. Lasers used in lesion removal procedures assist in removing small pieces of tissue. These are sent to the lab to be examined for cancer. Laser dentistry techniques are also used in bleaching the teeth. During teeth whitening procedures, peroxide solution is used on the teeth. The lasers are then used to activate the solution which speeds up the bleaching. When used correctly, lasers are completely safe. The only precaution is for the patient to wear safety glasses to protect the eyes from the laser.

All dental laser systems in America have been approved by the FDA. As part of FDA approval, every laser system must pass safety specifications. Lasers’ use in dentistry will only expand in the future. It has already been used in treatments besides gum disease such as Orthodontics, Endodontics, and oral surgery. With its ease of use and elimination of much discomfort for the patient, lasers will surely be used even more in the coming years. See more about how I use lasers in treating gum disease: and call my office if you have further questions at 847-742-4214.