Among the many significant advances in modern dentistry has been the development of dental laser technology. Today, dental lasers are being increasingly used to treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, perform biopsies or for the removal of oral lesions, cure restorative (filling) materials, as well as activate in-office teeth whitening systems.
Dental lasers combine laser energy with water and air to safely cut and shape targeted areas of soft or hard tissue in the mouth. Laser energy precisely cuts through the tooth structure by exciting the water molecules in the tooth. It operates without direct contact with the tooth and without heat, vibration, or pressure, thereby minimizing the discomfort of the procedure and the need for dental anesthesia. In addition, dental lasers can help patients who are afraid of dental work feel less anxious, cut down on bleeding and swelling after the procedure, and keep healthy teeth when they are removed of decay.