Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. They are used for a wide range of dental procedures and have been proven by dentists to be an effective treatment option. While the American Dental Association (ADA) has not given its full seal of approval for any specific laser dental system, it is optimistic about the future of laser dentistry.
Dentists are using lasers to treat many different oral health symptoms.
Dental cleanings – Lasers are being used to precisely and painlessly remove plaque build up on patients during dental cleanings. Lasers are able to quickly remove plaque from the tooth and gum line that are often very sensitive to patients.
Dental fillings – Because of lasers, many times dentists do not have to drill into the sensitive tooth layers. While most people need numbing shots before cavities are filled, with the use of lasers patients are able to relax and painlessly have a cavity filled.
Biopsy Procedures – Lasers have been used in all medical fields to take biopsies of tissue. For dentists, the use of lasers is effective to biopsy small areas in the mouth that are often hard to get to and have before required sedation.
Lesion Removal – Lasers are used to remove lesions in the mouth. When painful lesions and canker sores are present in the mouth, most people have a difficult time practicing optimal oral hygiene due to the pain flossing and brushing can cause. Lasers are effective for quickly removing and relieving the pain of lesions and canker sores.
Teeth Whitening – While in-office teeth whitening has been around for years, lasers have significantly been able speed up the process. A peroxide bleaching solutions applied to the surface of the teeth is “activated” by laser energy, which promotes a faster whitening process.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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