Lasers have been used in dental care since 1994. Their use is approved by the FDA for a variety of dental treatment methods. The wavelength of lasers used in dentistry is safe and effective, with continuing research in their efficiency and performance. The lasers that your dentist uses are different from the types of lasers used in eye surgery and other medical procedures.
Uses of Lasers in General Dentistry
Your dentist may use a laser to remove decay from within a tooth. Lasers can also be used for removing bacteria and to prepare the enamel of your tooth so that a filling can be placed. If your dentist notices a suspicious growth or lesion anywhere in your mouth, a laser may be used to perform a biopsy. The collected tissue can then be sent to a pathology lab for diagnosis. The laser can also be used to completely remove a growth or lesion from your mouth.
Lasers in Cosmetic Dentistry
A newer use of lasers is in cosmetic dentistry. Lasers can be used to hasten the teeth whitening procedure and help to activate the peroxide gels that are used to lift stains from enamel. Lasers may also be used to reshape gums if you have uneven or too much gum tissue.
Lasers are also used to treat periodontal disorders. If you have bacterial growth or tartar on the roots of your teeth or below your gumline, your dentist can use lasers to remove the tartar. The lasers can smooth the surface of the tooth roots, which discourages further bacterial growth. The lasers are used as an alternative to handheld dental tools.
Contact the dental practice of Sunen Pandya, DDS, today to learn more about laser dentistry services.