Dental Lasers? Almost sounds like something out of a Sci-Fi movie doesn’t it? Actually dentists have been using dental lasers since the early 1990’s. Because of their success rate in many different aspects of dentistry, it is becoming more and more of a common tool with dentists and hygienists.
A laser can be used to:
- Remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement
- Remove overgrown tissues
- Reshape gum tissue
- Help treat infections in root canals
- Reduce canker and cold sores
Once certified, a hygienist can use the dental laser as well. Dental Hygienists use the laser to aid in Scaling and Root Planing treatments. Using the laser helps kill unwanted bacteria and also helps coagulate the gum tissues so there isn’t as much bleeding.
For more information:
Statement on Lasers in Dentistry – From the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs
Dental care and oral health information from the Academy of General Dentistry