Lasers have been used in dentistry for over 20 years. A Laser uses an intense, narrow beam of light energy. Laser stands for the acronym: Light Activated by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. When the laser beam comes in contact with tissue in the mouth or a tooth, a reaction is caused that can reshape or remove tissue.
Dentists are using lasers on gum disease (to remove gum tissue around the root of the tooth that is inflamed), tooth whitening (speeds up process), tooth decay (to remove small cavities and to make filling set after being placed in to tooth) and for biopsies (removal of suspicious lesions.)
In many cases, Lasers can be used in dental procedures and eliminate the need for shots to “numb” the teeth. A valid question many people have is, “How safe is laser dentistry”?
In 1997, Lasers were approved by the FDA to be used in adults and children. The FDA is in charge of regulating the use of lasers as medical devices. Many surgical procedures have been performed by Lasers with removal of cavities and surgery of soft tissue.
In these procedures, Lasers have been proven effective and safe over the past 20 years. It’s important to note that the patient and dental team must wear shielded protective eyewear when using lasers in dentistry, since lasers can cause permanent damage to your eyes if not used properly.
If you are interested in Laser Dentistry, call your dentist to see if Lasers in Dentistry is available. Your dentist can examine your teeth, discuss Laser treatment options and answer any questions or concerns you might have. Contact your dentist now!
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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