Lasers in Dentistry

How Lasers Help Us Focus On Your Comfort

Powerful Potential

'Laser' is an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation". …a complicated string of words meaning a single wavelength beam of highly concentrated light energy. And it's precisely that high concentration that's made lasers so useful in both general medicine and dentistry. The laser's intense, narrow wavelength has specific, predictable and powerful reactions when it contacts both hard and soft tissues of the body. Plus, laser light greatly enhances the hardening process required for many dental materials. So it's no wonder that the laser can be such an efficient tool in the hands of a skilled professional.

Efficient Energy

Laser light is extremely efficient, producing very little heat as it acts on its target. This makes it ideal for oral procedures, since it seldom affects tissues other than the target tissues themselves. Plus, the high-energy wavelengths are absorbed quickly by both hard and soft tissues, meaning faster treatments and less 'chair' time. In terms of surgical procedures, the laser provides precise control over the depth and extent of cutting, while simultaneously minimizing bleeding and sterilizing the treatment area. All of this translates to higher quality treatments, better outcomes, and greater comfort for the patient. Currently, dental applications include gum disease treatments, gum re-contouring, root canal cleaning, decay detection and elimination, bonding material curing and strengthening, incision cauterizing and tissue fusion, lesion reparation, biopsies, and super-fast teeth whitening procedures.

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