A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense light energy beam. This light beam delivers a controlled amount of energy which initiates a chemical reaction, evaporating targeted with precise accuracy. This is used to remove or shape tissue.
Lasers are an effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures and are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments. Lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 1990’s. Used properly, they can be safe and effective for a variety of dental treatment on both soft and hard tissues.
There are many uses for Lasers in General Dentistry which present advantages over usual methods and techniques. Some of these procedures may be completed without the use of a drill or administration of anesthesia, which allows the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience.
The use of laser can allow these procedures to be more precise. In addition, in using laser, there is a reduction in post-operative symptoms and healing times associated when compared to traditional therapies; a noticeable reduction of the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities is also notes as well as better bleeding control during surgery.
When used according to accepted standard practices by a trained practitioner a laser is as safe as other dental instruments. It is recommended for both practitioner, staff and patient safety to wear specially manufactures eye protection; which is necessary to protect against everybody’s eyes from exposure to the ray.
Although very useful in the dental field, the use of laser is appropriate only for some specific dental procedure. Here are some indication for the use of lasers in dentistry:
• Reduction of discomfort associated with canker and cold sores.
• Uncovering of partially erupted wisdom teeth.
• Removal of muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
• Management of gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
• Removal of overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
• Biopsy procedures.
• Removal of inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
• Removal or reshaping of gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
• Helping to treat infections in root canal
• Helping in whitening procedures