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Dental Laser

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