Laser dentistry is the latest weapon in the fight against gum disease. Designed by a dentist, it was created specifically for dental work. The dental laser is the most versatile instrument ever available to a dentist. It enables us to perform frenectomies, soft tissue grafts and biopsies with ease. It also aids us in treating certain forms of gingivitis associated to gingival overgrowth.
Benefits of a Dental Laser:
A laser emits concentrated energy in the form of a light beam. It is not radioactive, but simply magnified light. The light beam vaporizes matter. The dental laser delivers a narrow pulsed beam through an optical fiber. Each pulse of light vaporizes only a specific number of cell layers within the area of the beam. This gives the dentist precise control over the laser. Because the pulse of the laser leaves through the tip of an optical fiber, there is a slight ticking sound that is made. Most patients say that the ticking sound is not loud and prefer it greatly over the whining of the traditional drill. Another added benefit to having a pulse of energy from the dental laser is that it the pulse is too short to trigger a neural response. As a result, most patients report no pain during their dental procedure.
Case illustration of a growth removal using laser technology...