Laser therapy is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelenths and is absorbed by a “target.” In our office, we use a diode laser to remove soft tissue or lesions, trim the gums, and treat aphthous ulcers.
Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Today, dental lasers are being increasingly used to treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, perform biopsies or the removal of oral lesions, to cure restorative (filling) materials, as well as to activate in-office teeth whitening systems.
While dental lasers may be an excellent treatment option in some situations, they cannot be used for every dental procedure.