Lasers, A Dentist’s Not So Secret Weapon

Some fast facts on a powerful dental tool.

What are lasers?

A laser (originally LASER) produces a very narrow, intense beam of light. Today lasers are used in a wide variety of medical and dental procedures. They’ve enabled dentists to treat a variety dental health issues in an easier and less painful way.

What are lasers used for in dentistry?

In dentistry, lasers can be used for:

  • Treating tooth decay
  • Oral surgery
  • Tissue biopsy
  • Treating gum disease
  • Crown lengthening
  • Treating infections
  • Tooth whitening 

What are the benefits of using dental lasers?

Dental lasers have a variety of benefits. They simplify procedures by eliminating the need to use a drill or administer anesthesia. The accuracy of laser technology enables procedures to be more precise. The use of lasers can reduce patient symptoms post procedure and improve healing time; they also control bleeding during surgery. Finally lasers reduce the amount of bacteria in gum tissue and in tooth cavities.

Are dental lasers safe?

Yes! As with almost any dental tool, when used by a trained dentist, they’re very safe.


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