Dentists are using lasers to treat:
-Tooth decay. Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling.
-Gum disease. Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
-Biopsy or lesion removal. Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.
-Teeth whitening. Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is ''activated" by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.
What are the Advantages of Using a Laser in Dentistry?
Compared to the traditional dental drill, lasers:
-May cause less pain in some instances, so reduces the need for anesthesia
-May reduce anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill
-Minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments
-May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal