Lasers Help in Dental Care

When you visit the dentist, do you expect the spit sink and lots of noise? You haven’t been to a dentist in a while, have you? There are no more spit sinks, there are drains right in your mouth. And the equipment used to remove decay is quieter and more efficient. Best of all, there are lasers that help in the cleaning and health of your teeth and gums.

“Lasers for dental use have been around since 1984, and have FDA approval,” says Dr. Ford. They have multiple uses because they are tissue-friendly, in other words, there is no pain, less bruising, and faster healing with lasers than with traditional methods,” says Dr. Ford from her Phoenix dental office.

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Here is what you can expect from lasers at your next dentist visit.

1. Tooth decay. Lasers reduce bacteria in the mouth, so they are often used to remove decay on a tooth.

2. After a filling is placed, lasers can “cure” or harden the filling more quickly.

3. During root canal treatment, lasers can be used to shape gums and remove bacteria during the procedure.

4. Lasers can reshape gums that cause tooth problems as well as cosmetic problems. Gums that are uneven give you an uneven smile as well.

5. Lasers speed up the tooth whitening process in a dentist’s office. This helps you get whiter teeth faster than you can at home.

“All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with,” reports WebMD

“Advances in lasers are useful, not only for speed, but also for comfort. When a patient can leave the dentist office and return to work with less downtime, it’s helpful for their family and work life,” says Dr. Ford.

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