Laser Dentistry: Keeping Your Smile Shining

by | Oct 14, 2015 | Dentist

Since its invention in 1960, the laser (an acronym for light amplification by stimulation emission of radiation) has entered the popular conscience. The applications for the technology are extremely diverse: computing, electronics, law enforcement, manufacturing, and, surprisingly enough, keeping your teeth healthy! Lasers have made their way into medicine in all sorts, from cancer treatment to dermatology, and as lasers become smaller and more specialized, they have become a part of dentistry.

Healing With Light in Laser Dentistry

There are many possible uses for a laser in dentistry. Depending on the wavelength of the laser, different things can happen when the light interacts with your body. Incisions made with a laser typically cause less bleeding and remove more bacteria than traditional methods: procedures that previously needed anesthetic may need less, or none at all, and recovery after a procedure takes less time and has fewer symptoms.

Since the 90s, laser‘s they have been used to remove damaged tissue and kill bacteria that cause periodontal infection and the mid-90’s lasers started to be used to prepare damaged teeth for root canals. Lasers can also be used to take biopsies and remove tissue for more involved procedures like the removal of wisdom teeth.

Keeping Your Teeth Bright from Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry also has a place in cosmetic dentistry. Most teeth whiting operations involve covering the teeth with a peroxide bleaching solution that is then heated with a laser. This gives great results much faster than home-whitening methods, typically within several appointments of less than an hour, and lasts much longer.

It is also used to “cure” white fillings for dental caries. After the dental composite that matches your teeth is placed, a laser can be used to heat and solidify it, quickly strengthening the bond between the material and your teeth.

The Process is Safe in Laser Dentistry

It may seem alarming to use lasers in your mouth, but rest assured it is completely safe. The FDA has approved use of lasers in dental procedures since the 1990s. Certification for using lasers is offered by dental schools and the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and it has been extensively studied for a wide range of procedures. Using a laser, however, is not appropriate for everything. Many procedures are still more efficient or effective with or in conjunction with traditional tools. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what’s right for you!

New York Cosmetic Dentistry & Smile Makeovers offers a wide variety of laser dentistry and cosmetic dental procedures. Get in touch with the office today and see how you can enhance your smile!

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