Laser dentistry is the latest advancement in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems such as gum disease, canker sores, cold sores, hemangiomas, and even biopsies. The laser used in our practice is an alternative to the common hand-held scalpel, drills, or other instruments. These lasers direct light energy onto the desired area of treatment to effectively treat soft tissue anomalies and disease.
A laser, which stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”, creates light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. This laser light produces a reaction when it hits tissue allowing it to remove or shape the tissue. In the field of dentistry, lasers are most commonly used to treat:
- Gum disease – Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
- Biopsy – Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue, called a biopsy, so that it can be examined for cancer.
- Lesion removal – Lasers can be used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.