How Lasers Help Us Focus On Your Comfort
'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.
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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