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A Closer Look at Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentist
Mid Wilshire dentistry
Posted on: March 27, 2018

As technology continues to advance in every industry, so does it continue to advance in dentistry. New strategies and tooling get implemented frequently to better help dentists deliver a more comfortable, effective experience to their patients.

Wait, did you say laser? — You might be asking

Let’s define what a laser is real quick, because some people have intense preconceived notions about how a laser works.  A laser produces a narrow and intense beam of light energy to a treatment area.

When a laser comes into contact with your gum tissue, it will cause a reaction, which allows a dentist to remove or shape gum tissue.

How long have lasers been used in dentistry?

Longer than you might think. Since 1990, actually. Lasers are inherently precise, so it’s a safe and effective treatment to pursue. We use it for a wide range of dental procedures. We use lasers in conjunction with other instruments to achieve a desirable aesthetic.

Other uses include:

  • Treating cold and canker sores
  • Reducing discomfort from mouth sores / lesions
  • Removing gum tissue affected by periodontitis
  • Removing overgrown tissues and tissue that inhibits movement
  • To further expose partially-erupted wisdom teeth
  • Biopsy procedures
  • Root canal infection treatment
  • Teeth whitening procedure enhancement
  • Composite bonding
  • And more