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Sep
10

What You Should Know About Dental Lasers

Posted in Gum Disease

Lasers are fast.

Lasers are extremely useful in a variety of dental procedures, both cosmetic and therapeutic. Lasers can activate the chemical agents in whitening gel to give you a bright smile in a brief amount of time. When used in a surgical application, lasers speed up post-operative healing because they reduce the bacterial count at a site, decrease bleeding, and prevent swelling. Lasers are often used to surgically remove excess gum tissue from around teeth to enhance their shape. The goal of this cosmetic procedure (often called crown lengthening) is for the gum tissue to neatly heal as soon as possible. This makes lasers an ideal choice for soft tissue surgeries.

Lasers are conservative and safe.

When dental lasers are used as indicated in the dental office, they are absolutely safe.  Lasers come in a variety of intensities. Some are very mild and help to detect decay that is not found on an x-ray, while stronger lasers are used to remove decay. A laser is typically more conservative and precise than a dental drill when used for removing decay from teeth. This is because lasers are designed to target the diseased tissue of a cavity so that it is removed before healthy tooth structure is. Many patients find that thanks to lasers, dental procedures are much more comfortable and require less anesthesia. During a procedure that involves an intense laser beam, you will be given protective eyewear.

Feel free to discuss laser-use with your dentist!

Lasers are often used alongside other standard dental equipment and aren’t necessarily used in all procedures with every patient. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry equipment and his experience using lasers.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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