Lasers have been used in dentistry since the late 1990’s. There are many different types of lasers, some cut hard tissue and some cut soft tissue. The DIODE laser is a soft tissue laser that has multiple functions ranging from treating gum disease to aiding tooth whitening to easing the pain of fever blisters.
WHAT IS A LASER BEAM?
The beam is composed of photons (packets of light) in the infrared range (invisible to human eyesight) concentrated to a pinpoint. When the target tissue absorbs the specific wavelength emitted by the laser the photon turns it to heat, and… POOF!…cells are gone and a cut is born.
EVERYDAY USES FOR A LASER
The laser is not always used just to cut tissue. In fact, we use the laser for all of the procedures below;
- Tooth root desensitizing
- Bacterial reduction in a periodontal pocket
- Sterilization of inflammed tissue surrounding an implant
- Relief of pain from cold sores/ canker sores
- Excision of overgrown gum tissue
- Removal of soft tissue lesions/ lumps
- Hemostasis (stops the bleeding)
Temporary pain relief for muscle and joint issues.