Laser Dentistry

What is a laser and how does it work? 

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue.

How are lasers used in dentistry? 

Dental lasers can be used to:

  • reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
  •  expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
  • remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
  • manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
  • 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.
  • help treat infections in root canals.
  • speed up tooth whitening procedures.

What are the benefits of using dental lasers? 

Laser procedures can be more precise. Laser treatment can also reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies; reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities; and control bleeding during some surgical procedures.  

How will I know if treatment with a dental laser is an option for me? 

Ask your dentist. Although the laser is a very useful dental instrument, it is not appropriate for every dental procedure.