Laser Dentistry

Lasers are used in dentistry in various dental procedures. All lasers use a form of light which, when used in dental or surgical procedures, acts as a precise cutting tool when it comes into contact with tissue. As such, it is effective for the removal of tooth decay in root canal therapy, gingivectomy, and frenectomy procedures. It is also used for “setting” or “curing” fillings, where the light from the laser strengthens the bond between the filling material and the actual tooth, to ensure that the filling material adheres properly to the tooth. Lasers are commonly used in pulpotomy, apicoectomy, and root canal procedures. 

Compared to the traditional dental drill, it is often seen as an effective alternative because it can: 
 
  • Cause less pain in some circumstances, reducing the need for anesthetic;
  • Potentially reduce anxiety in some patients who are uncomfortable with the traditional dental drill;
  • Minimize swelling and bleeding during the procedure, especially for soft tissue;
  • Preserve more of the healthy tooth material during decay removal;
  • Be more effective in reducing future plaque buildup compared to hand-scaling and root planing alone.

There are 2 types of laser dentistry: hard tissue lasers and soft tissue lasers. Each type of laser works on specific types of tissue because of their different wavelengths of light. Hard tissue lasers are used for teeth and bone, while soft tissue lasers are used for gums or other soft tissues in the mouth. 

Please contact us to schedule a consultation to determine if laser dentistry is right for you. 
 

Hard Tissue Laser: Decay Removal
 


Soft Tissue Laser: Gingivectomy
 


Soft Tissue Laser: Oral Cyst
 


Soft Tissue Laser: Frenectomy