Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

What is Laser Dentistry?

The term laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, a device that produces and amplifies light. The light can be focused into a tiny point to do very fine, exact work. It is so precise in dental surgery that there is not as much tissue swelling. It is gentle on soft gum tissue and the heat from the laser also has a sterilization effect.

The Advantages of Laser Dentistry

The precision and unique features of dental lasers are such that laser therapy has been associated with a conservative approach, extreme safety, and comfortable treatment for many patients. The precision of dental lasers is due to the degree of control that dentists trained in laser dentistry have over power output, duration of exposure, and the size of the procedure's area of focus. The unique features of dental lasers reflect recent discoveries associated with the powerful effects of light-energy when dosed as medicine.

Some of the advantages are:

  • Procedures performed using dental lasers may not require sutures.
  • Some traditional procedures performed under anesthesia do not require anesthesia with the use of the laser.
  • Procedures performed using dental lasers may not require sutures.
  • Patient bleeding is minimized during laser dentistry procedures because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, inhibiting blood loss.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes any area being worked on.
  • Because dental lasers are very precise medical devices, they can actually minimize the amount of damage caused to the tissue surrounding a procedure's area of focus.
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
  • Overall, patients experience less pain and much faster recovery time.

When is Laser Dentistry Used?

Examples of procedures that are routinely performed in our office using laser dentistry are:

  • Clinical crown lengthening
  • Soft tissue debridement
  • Orthodontic tissue control
  • Frenum release
  • Biopsies
  • Cold sore treatment
  • Implant access

If you have any questions about laser dentistry please talk to Dr. Crawford or Dr. Glenn. They would be happy to answer all of your questions. You may also visit the Academy of Laser Dentistry website, an independent, non-profit organization that specializes in patient education of lasers in dentistry.