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In recent years, laser assisted dentistry has been used more routinely in the dental profession. This technology utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.

Some of the other benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Preservation of more of the natural tooth.
  • Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
  • Reduced need for anesthesia.
  • Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.
  • Laser assisted dentistry is safe and incredibly versatile. It plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures. Here are some of the ways that dental lasers can be used:

    Tooth Preparation

    Prior to laser dentistry, a drill would be required to prepare the tooth for a filling. Lasers can now completely eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia. Lasers also successfully kill oral bacteria around the surgical site.

    Reshaping Soft Tissue

    Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make "gummy smiles" more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.

    Frenectomy

    Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue.

    Biopsy

    Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.

    Tumor Removal

    When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing pain.

    Whitening

    Lasers can greatly expedite the tooth whitening process by increasing the activity of the particles in the peroxide bleaching solution.

    Different types of dental lasers have been created to treat different conditions. The dentist will decide which type of laser is best to use after conducting X-rays and a thorough examination.

    The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes. The dentist will then direct the beam at the affected area and carefully dissolve the soft tissue, harden the filling or whiten the teeth.

    If you have questions or concerns about laser assisted dentistry, please ask us.