LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, a complicated string of words that basically means a single wavelength beam of highly concentrated light energy.
Lasers have transformed medical surgery by offering minimally-invasive alternatives to traditional scalpel incisions and sutured closures. The laser’s intense, narrow wavelength has precise, predictable, and powerful reactions when it contacts hard or soft tissues of the body. Laser light is extremely efficient, producing very little heat as it acts on its target.
This makes it ideal for oral surgery, since it seldom affects tissues other than those it targets. The laser provides precise control over the depth and extent of cutting, while simultaneously minimizing bleeding and sterilizing the treatment area.
Versatility and Applications
However, a laser can also cure (harden) dental materials, scan teeth to detect decay, vaporize decay, prepare teeth for fillings, and activate whitening gel to brighten smiles. Currently, dental applications of lasers include: gum disease treatments, gum re-contouring, root canal cleaning, decay detection and elimination, curing and strengthening of bonding, incision cauterizing and tissue fusion, lesion reparation, biopsies, and super-fast teeth whitening procedures.
If you have questions about the dental lasers we use, please call us at 770.971.6656. We enjoy helping patients understand all of the interesting innovations we implement for their comfort and care.