Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light.
Lasers in dentistry allow for many dental procedures to be performed with no noise, minimal pain, faster recovery times and fewer appointments.
When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument. When used for "curing" a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents. The procedures performed with dental lasers are minimally invasive and preferable to conventional surgery.
Other benefits of laser dentistry over traditional methods can include:
- Reduced heat and vibration
- Little or no need for anesthetic
- Faster treatment time
- Increased rate of retention
- Less post-operative complications
Lasers can be used to:
- Whiten teeth
- Reshape gum tissue
- Biopsy or remove soft tissue lesions and ulcers
- Remove areas of tooth decay
- Eliminate pockets of infected gum tissue
- Correct ankyloglossia (tongue-tied)
- Perform oral surgery and extractions