SPACE-AGE DENTISTRY – THE LASER

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;

  1. Tooth root desensitizing
  2. Bacterial reduction in a periodontal pocket
  3. Sterilization of inflammed tissue surrounding an implant
  4. Relief of pain from cold sores/ canker sores
  5. Excision of overgrown gum tissue
  6. Biopsies
  7. Frenectomy
  8. Removal of soft tissue lesions/ lumps
  9. Hemostasis (stops the bleeding)

Temporary pain relief for muscle and joint issues.

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