Illustration of laser dentistry shooting laser into tooth

Since the early 1990s, laser dentistry is used for many different procedures. The laser produces an intense beam of light, which causes a reaction when it comes in contact with tissue.

 

Dental lasers can be used to shape or remove tissue in your mouth. Dentists will often use lasers with other instruments simultaneously, providing patients with expert treatment.

 

Here are some fascinating things to know about laser dentistry.

 

Are Dental Lasers Safe?

All dental lasers that are currently available in the United States have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

However, the American Dental Association (ADA) has not currently issued any laser system a Seal of Approval.

 

There are many training resources for dental professionals in regards to using laser dentistry. Make sure your dentist has obtained training from the laser manufacturer and, ideally, from other professional resources.

 

How Lasers Are Used

There are many different ways lasers are used in dentistry.

 

Tooth Decay

Dental lasers are used to remove decay in a tooth and help prepare the tooth for a filling.

 

Shaping Gums

Gum contouring is a procedure in which the dentist removes and shapes your gums to the desired appearance, all with a dental laser.

 

While this is generally a cosmetic procedure, it can be necessary to shape your gums if they begin to grow over too much of your teeth.

 

Root Canals

If tooth decay reaches the inner layer of your tooth (the pulp), you will need a root canal to remove the infection. This generally allows the dentist to salvage your natural tooth.

 

The intense light of a dental laser cleans out the bacteria and infection in the root canals. The laser actually cleans the root canals more effectively than standard dental tools.

 

Cold Sores & Canker Sores

Cold sores are viral herpes infections that form infectious, fluid-filled blisters on your face, typically around the mouth and nose.

 

Canker sores are non-infectious ulcers that form on the inside of your mouth, generally on the insides of your cheeks and on the roof of your mouth.

 

Both types of sores will heal on their own, but they can be painful. Dental lasers can kill the virus in a cold sore or canker sore. While the laser treatment won’t heal the sore immediately, it can help diminish the pain and speed up the healing process.

 

Canker sores on inside of lip in mouth

 

Other Uses

Dental lasers can also be used to:

  • Expose partially exposed wisdom teeth
  • Intensify whitening procedures
  • Aid in gum (periodontal) disease treatment
  • Desensitize teeth
  • Perform biopsies

 

Benefits of Dental Lasers

For dental professionals, the laser offers a more accurate way to treat patients. Because of their accuracy, dental lasers also result in less damage to the surrounding tissues.

 

The high intensity light also sterilizes the area, reducing chances of bleeding and infection.

 

For patients, dental lasers result in less pain and shorter recovery times, due to their precision. Because dental lasers are much less invasive than typical surgery, the procedures are generally more comfortable for patients.

 

Smiling man patient in dental chair wearing protective glasses looking at teeth in mirror with dentist woman in background

 

Dental lasers are an innovative tool that help dentists provide more accurate treatment.

 

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas. We are committed to providing you and your family with expert dental care.