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Laser Dentistry

Lasers have added a whole new dimension to the practice of dentistry. Today, dentists can use lasers to cure the composite resins used to fill teeth (white fillings), accelerate the in-office tooth whitening process, do soft tissue surgery, AND even remove cavities from teeth.

How a Laser Works

A laser is an instrument that amplifies light energy and it is this amplified light energy that we use to cut tissue and teeth. There are various types of lasers used in dentistry today. Each laser operates at a specific wavelength of light. Certain wavelengths of light are better absorbed by tissue.

As an example, the Waterlase laser energy is highly absorbed in water; and water makes up 90% of our tissue volume. These types of lasers are quite popular.

The Waterlase Laser was the first laser approved by the FDA for cutting hard tissue such as tooth structure.

Lasers and Tooth Decay

It is now possible to remove decay from a tooth with virtually no anesthetic, no vibration, and no pain! It is not uncommon for dentists using state of the art dental lasers to treat molar cavities without any discomfort.

Laser treatments of children have become quite popular. Small caviitie can be successfully treated without the need for topical pain medications.

Other procedures that can be performed with today's lasers include:
  • Contouring of the gum tissue (gum lift, reshaping)
  • Frenectomies
  • Periodontal treatments
  • Removal of unwanted tissue growth
  • Crown lengthening procedures
  • Oral ulcer treatment

Lasers and Root Canals

Many dentists can incorporate laser treatments in routine root canal procedures. The need for topical anesthetics are significantly reduced, for many patients.

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