For more than 20 years, lasers have been used in dentistry. Dental laser therapy can be used to treat a number of problems, ranging from cosmetic issues to removing tissue for biopsies. Dental lasers work by delivering a powerful beam of light to specific areas. The bean can be used as a cutting instrument or vaporizer. Additionally, lasers can be used to strengthen fillings and whiten teeth.

Dental Laser Therapy

Lasers have numerous uses in the world of dentistry. Lasers can be used by dentists to treat:

Gum Disease

During root canal procedures, lasers can be used to remove bacteria and reshape the gums.

Tooth Decay

Decay within a tooth can be removed using a laser. The laser will also prepare the surrounding enamel for a filling. Once the filling is in place, a laser can be used to harden or “cure” the filling.

Lesion Removal/Biopsy

Lasers are commonly used to remove painful lesions in the mouth and severe canker sores. During biopsies, they can also be used to remove small tissue samples so they can be examined for cancer.

Whitening

The use of lasers during in-office teeth whitening procedures is very common. A peroxide bleaching solution is applied to the teeth, and the laser “activates” it, speeding up the whitening process by a considerable degree.

Benefits of Laser Therapy

There are several reasons to choose laser therapy instead of traditional treatments. Compared to dental drills, lasers are often less painful and sometimes reduce the need for anesthesia. Lasers also cause less bleeding and swelling and preserve more healthy tissue. For patients who suffer from a fear of dental procedures, lasers often cause less anxiety than drills as well.

Laser therapy is an excellent alternative to traditional dental procedures. Their uses in the field of dentistry are numerous, and typically, they cause much less fear than the sound of a dental drill. If you want to learn more about laser therapy for your dental care, call Castle Rock Family Dental today at 303-688-2229.