A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue or tooth structure, it causes a reaction which can remove or shape that tissue. Lasers can be used in dentistry as a safe and effective treatment for a number of different procedures, including:
- Reducing the discomfort of canker sores and cold sores
- Exposing partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Treating tooth decay
- Re-contouring or removing gum tissue
- Bacterial reduction in conjunction with treatment of gum disease and root canal therapy
Your dentist may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia in some procedures, allowing you to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Laser procedures can be more precise, reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies, reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities, and control bleeding during surgery.