Lasers have been used in medicine for decades. From corrective eye surgery to laser hair removal, the application of lasers for medical and cosmetic purposes is becoming increasingly more common. In addition to the many uses of a laser, dentists employ them in a variety of ways to treat dental conditions that affect soft and hard tissues.
Our dentist performs laser dentistry for a number of reasons, including cleaning away decayed portions of teeth and addressing periodontal infection. In many cases, laser dentistry is more efficient, accurate, and precise than some traditional methods of addressing oral health conditions. Due to the precise nature of lasers in dentistry, your dentist can take a more conservative approach when removing diseased and decayed tissue.
Laser dentistry can be used for routine, short procedures such as removing tooth decay prior to placing a filling to cosmetic services where your dentist removes excessive gum tissue to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. In some cases, lasers have replaced more invasive procedures such as gum-flap surgery where a scalpel was previously used to open and cut diseased periodontal tissue. Today, however, laser-assisted periodontal therapy that addresses the infection and irritation of gum disease opens gum tissue and seals it after treatment without the need for sutures and stitches. When lasers are used to treat soft tissue conditions such as a gum disease, many patients experience faster recovery and healing time.
Hard and soft tissue lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 1990s. Lasers work by concentrating beams of light energy that cause different reactions in hard and soft tissues. Other uses for dental lasers include:
- Cleaning infected root canals
- Accelerating professional, in-office teeth whitening
- Removing gum tissue to expose wisdom teeth for extraction
- Taking samples of tissue for biopsies
- Reshaping tissue for cosmetic procedures such as crown lengthening
To learn more about the benefits of laser dentistry and how it can improve your oral health and appearance, contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow to reserve your appointment today.