Laser dentistry

Learn More About Laser Dentistry


Dental lasers: the newest and latest technologies can enable both doctors and patients to achieve maximum results with minimally invasive procedures.


#1 – An overview of laser dentistry.

Lasers have been used in the medical field for years and now have become an innovative instrument in the dental industry. In Laser Dentistry, different wavelengths of light energy are used to treat a variety of dental conditions.  Some of these procedures include removal of excess gum tissue, gum reshaping, teeth whitening, disinfection of teeth and gums, cavity removal, improve healing and increase collagen formation.


#2 – A few of the many Laser Procedures

More specifically, we are now able to use dental lasers to perform more conservative treatment versus using other more aggressive techniques.

  • Disinfection of inflamed and infected gums
  • LANAP: Laser treatment for Periodontal Disease instead of surgery
  • Removal of benign oral lesions with little to no postoperative discomfort
  • Disinfection of the nerve canals when Root Canals are done to improve the long term result
  • Cosmetic recontouring of the gums when doing Veneers and Crowns
  • Stimulates healing
  • Improves circulation and reduces pain from inflammation
  • Photobiomodulation: TMJ and muscle pain treatment
  • Nightlase: a noninvasive treatment to lessen the effects of snoring
  • Smoothlase: a noninvasive and innovative procedure that can tighten, reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone around the mouth, cheeks, and chin… all done from inside the mouth



#3 – Benefits of laser dentistry.

Although laser dentistry can treat many types of oral issues, it can also benefit the overall health of our mouths.

  • A special setting can be used to sterilize the area before or after a procedure – purifying the area can reduce the incidence of future infection or decay
  • Many minor procedures can be done with little to no anesthetic
  • Accelerated wound healing
  • Decreased scarring
  • Reduced bleeding
  • Less invasive procedures with increased patient comfort


#4 – Types of laser used in dentistry.

The two main types of lasers used in dental procedures are:

  • Hard tissue lasers can detect cavities, treat tooth sensitivity, speed up tooth whitening procedures and prepare your teeth for a dental filling.
  • Soft tissue lasers have many applications from treating the surface of skin and gums to healing deeper tissues and muscles.


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