Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. Dental lasers have been shown to be safe effective in treatment of both children and adults. Although laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it does play an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures. The procedures take far less time than conventional methods, and have shown to cause far less anxiety and discomfort.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

  • Decreased Discomfort - Because of the increased precision of a laser the dental damage far less of the surrounding tissue (gums) than traditional techniques, reduces bleeding, and the need for anesthesia, stiches or sutures
  • Quicker Healing - Allows for the gums to heal faster and reduces the risk of bacterial infections after procedures. 
  • Removal of harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease – Lasers are used alongside traditional cleaning to eliminate bacteria below the gumline with no discomfort. After completing your cleaning and removing all plaque and calcified deposits your hygienist may suggest a laser to treat unhealthy gums. These deposits around and under your gums contain bacteria that cause disease and infect gum tissue. A laser can kill any remaining trace bacteria cells that your hygienist could not remove physically during your cleaning. By removing nearly all the bacteria around your teeth and in your gums, you will notice a reduction in inflammation, bleeding and all other symptoms associated with gum disease, and an increase in the overall health of your mouth. 
  • Cosmetic/Smile Enhancement – Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (also known as crown lengthening), gingivectomy, reshape the shape of the gum around the tooth 
  • Cold and Canker Sores - Cold sores, also known as herpes simplex virus type 1 are irritating and annoying. Treatments range from topical creams and ointments to systemic antiviral medications. The antiviral medications all have side effects which may prevent their use in certain situations. The side effects may also be unpleasant. Lasers offer an alternative treatment. 

Laser will aid a faster more comfortable healing. Anecdotal evidence suggests that laser treatment can help to prevent future outbreaks or minimizes the outbreaks if they do occur. Canker sores, or recurrent aphthous stomatitis, are similar to cold sores. Compared to cold sores they also are found on different tissues in the mouth. The healing time is similar to cold sores as is their tendency to have recurrent outbreaks one after the other. Laser treatment is identical to that for cold sores and helps the healing process. Unlike the cold sores, laser treatment does not prevent outbreaks or minimize them if you do get one.

  • Tumor removal – When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing discomfort. 
  • Biopsy – Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.
  • Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) – Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue and help close spaces between teeth caused by frenum attachments without anesthesia or sutures.

 Other Benefits of Lasers 

  • Kill oral bacteria around the surgical site 
  • Speed up the tooth whitening process 
  • Remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear 
  • Help in root canal treatments 


Technical Information about Laser Dentistry

The Laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. The laser beam is extremely bright, and we will provide special glasses to protect the eyes. The dentist will then direct the beam at the affected area and carefully dissolve the soft tissue, harden the filling or whiten the teeth. The FDA deemed laser dentistry to be safe for public usage in 1990. Since then, many dentists have incorporated dental lasers into everyday procedures – reducing bleeding, anxiety and post-treatment recovery times.