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Although you might have heard of laser dentistry, you may remain somewhat confused about exactly what laser dentistry involves. To complicate matters, the role of the laser will differ depending on the form of laser dentistry being offered. While the American Dental Association has stated that they are merely 'cautiously optimistic' about dental laser technology, many dentists believe that it can be a huge asset to practitioners and patients alike. This brief guide will help you to understand the role of laser dentistry in treating a wide range of oral health problems.
The narrow, intense beam of light that comes from a laser instrument can be used to cut or to vaporize tissue. For example, if your dentist discovers that you are suffering from moderate to serious tooth decay, you might be offered a solution that utilizes laser dentistry; lasers can be used to remove the decay that is inside your tooth. Similarly, if you need root canal treatment due to a deep infection, laser dentistry provides a way of removing bacteria (as the concentrated heat will eliminate it). Lasers can also be used to alter the shapes of the gums if you are have gum disease.
If you are having a filling put in, laser dentistry can harden the filling very effectively and make the bond stronger.
If you often suffer from canker sores, laser dentistry provides you with a relatively quick and simple way of removing these sores.
Sometimes, wisdom teeth are only partially erupted, creating a tissue flap that leaves you more vulnerable to infection. In such cases, laser dentistry can expose the partially erupted tooth (or teeth).
Laser dentistry has enhanced teeth whitening options, as lasers can be used to make the whitening solution work more quickly and effectively. Specifically, some bleaching solutions are activated by the application of lasers.
Oral cancer biopsies
If your dentist is concerned about potentially malignant changes in your mouth, she may suggest laser dentistry be used to excise a tiny part of the worrying tissue so that it can be examined.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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