Laser Dentistry

How does a laser work?

A laser works by delivering energy in the form of light. The wavelength of the light produced by the laser can be adjusted to treat both hard (teeth and bone) and soft (gum) tissue.

Are lasers used in dentistry?

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. Lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of dental treatments including gum disease (LANAP), removing or reshaping gum tissue, small cavities, heal canker cores, control bleeding, and perform a frenectomy or biopsy.

How are lasers used in dentistry?

Dental lasers can be used to:

  • minimize/eliminate the discomfort of canker and cold sores
  • expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • help treat infections in root canals.
  • remove muscle attachments that limit movement or cause gum recession.
  • remove overgrown tissues caused 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.
  • speed up tooth whitening.

What are the benefits of using dental lasers?

During some procedures, dentists may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia, allowing the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Lasers are less invasive and can reduce symptoms and healing times compared to traditional therapies; reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities; and control bleeding during surgery. 

Are dental lasers safe?

Safety is an integral part of providing dental treatment with a laser. Dental lasers are safe when used by a trained practitioner in accordance with proper safety techniques. You will be asked to wear special eyeglasses when your dentist performs a laser procedure to protect your eyes.