A dental laser is an instrument that uses a thin beam of concentrated light to remove or reshape gum and bone tissues. It’s both a safe and effective treatment that has been used by dentists for a range of procedures since the early 1990s. Here is all you need to know about dental lasers.

What procedures are they used for?

Dental lasers are used to reduce discomfort of canker and cold sores. They are also used to remove the excess gum that surrounds wisdom teeth, particularly when a tooth has partially grown in. Other uses of dental lasers include reshaping inflamed gum tissues in a patient suffering from gum disease or root-canal-related infections. They can also be used to remove muscle attachments that limit tongue or lip movement. Lasers can remove overgrown tissues, remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures, and can be used to perform biopsies and manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns and other dental procedures. Lasers can also be used during hygiene appointments to help reduce the bacterial count in periodontal pockets.

What are the benefits of dental lasers?

Some of the benefits of using dental lasers include reduced pain. Sometimes no drilling or anesthesia is needed and it can speed up healing times. Laser procedures are also more precise in certain cases. They can reduce the number of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in cavities and are gentle enough to help control bleeding throughout dental surgery.

Can any dentist use dental lasers during procedures?

Your dentist should have an extensive background in using dental lasers as part of their education and training. They are a popular tool that many dental schools, associations and the Academy of General Dentistry cover in their schooling and additional courses. You can always check with your dentist’s credentials if you have any concerns. Are you in need of dental work? Contact us at Scarboro Smiles today.