Is This a New Procedure?
Lasers have been in use in medicine and dentistry for many years. The FDA has approved the use of lasers for many dental procedures including those discussed in this pamphlet.
Laser treatment is a state-of-the-art technology that has many uses in today’s dental office. There are many dental procedures that are appropriate for laser. Some of which include periodontal disease, herpetic lesions and
aphthous ulcers and soft tissue excision.
Laser use in Periodontal Disease
After removing the calculus and debris the laser is used to selectively remove diseased
or infected tissues lining the pockets around the teeth. At the same time the laser will kill the bacteria responsible for gum disease and promote healing. The laser can help increase circulation and collagen formation which can revive or rejuivanate the attachment.
Laser use for Herpetic Lesions and Aphthous Ulcers
Treatment is accomplished very quickly and comfortably without the need for anesthetic. In fact, the only sensation that may be experienced is a warm feeling on the lip.
Laser in Dentistry
A laser is a device that uses light energy to perform work. Lasers are unique because they can treat targeted tissue while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected. It is this property among others that allow the dentist and dental hygienist to perform very precise procedures. In addition lasers may seal off blood vessels and nerve endings during a procedure lessening bleeding, post operative pain and swelling. In many cases due to their gentle and precise nature lasers are used with little or no anesthetic.