Some dental procedures are being performed quicker, more effectively and more comfortably thanks to the growing popularity of laser dentistry. Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) technology has been used in various types of medical procedures for years. An increasing number of dental offices around the world will use dental lasers as the technology continues to improve.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved of a variety of soft tissue lasers for use in the dental treatment of adults and children. Because dental lasers boast unique absorption characteristics, they are used to perform specific dental procedures.
Soft Tissue Lasers: Soft tissue lasers boast a wavelength that is highly absorbable by water and hemoglobin (oxygenating protein in red blood cells), making them more effective for soft tissue management. Soft tissue lasers may be used as a component of periodontal (Gum) treatment and have the ability to kill bacteria and activate the re-growth of tissues. Soft tissue lasers penetrate soft tissue while sealing blood vessels and nerve endings. This is the primary reason why many people experience virtually no postoperative pain following the use of a laser. Also, soft tissue lasers allow tissues to heal faster. It is for this reason that a growing number of dental practices are incorporating the use of soft tissue lasers for certain procedures.
In addition to gum treatment, soft tissue lasers can be used to reshape gum to improve smile, treat canker Sores, treat herpetic lesions and many other procedures with less anesthesia, more comfort and faster healing time.