Laser dentistry provides a modern, innovative, and overall more comfortable approach to dental care. The drill has traditionally been the dentist’s go-to tool, but it is invasive and causes an unnecessary amount of patient discomfort. When a laser is used, patients are more comfortable and relaxed.

Lasers Used in Dentistry

Dental lasers can be used to:

  • reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
  •  expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
  • remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
  • manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
  • remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
  • perform biopsy procedures.
  • remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
  • remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
  • help treat infections in root canals.
  • speed up tooth whitening procedures

Dentists may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia in some procedures. Laser procedures can be more precise. Also, lasers can reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies; reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities; and control bleeding during surgery.

Benefits

  • May cause less pain in some instances, so reduces the need for anesthesia
  • May reduce anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill
  • Minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments
  • May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal

Risk

  • Lasers can’t be used on teeth with fillings already in place.
  • Traditional drills may still be needed to shape the filling, adjust the bite, and polish the filling even when a laser is used.
  • Lasers do not eliminate the need for anesthesia.