Dental Laser Technology
Dental lasers use focused light beams to create changes in the tissue of the mouth. They can be used by dentists and oral surgeons for procedures ranging from periodontal restorations to the removal of tumours to in-office teeth whitening.
Dental Laser Procedures
Most people don’t know that the word “LASER” is an acronym for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” Lasers convert light into highly concentrated beams. Tissue that is touched by lasers reacts to the light energy in specific ways. In most cases, lasers are used for cutting the tissue.
Some of the laser treatment options that dental lasers can aid in include:
- Activation of bleach used in teeth whitening
- Removing tooth decay in preparation for dental fillings or root canals
- Biopsies or tissue removal
- Gum disease treatments, such as crown lengthening
- Tissue retraction or “troughing” for impressions of the teeth