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Laser Overview

By visiting a laser dentist, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a new and exciting technology. We would like to give you some basic information and perhaps reduce any of your concerns.

Dental lasers are a family of instruments. Some lasers are used for surgery, some to cure restorative materials and enhance tooth bleaching, and others to remove tooth structure for elimination of disease and restoration – different lasers for different procedures. All lasers require eye protection. Safety glasses with special lenses will be provided. Family and guests in the dental operatory at the time of your laser treatment may also be asked to wear protective eyeglasses.

Lasers do not make whining sounds or other annoying noises. You may experience the sound of a rush of air, since air suction is often used to keep the area cool and cleaner. You should be able to relax and be comfortable while the dental laser is in use.

Depending on your treatment needs, your dentist may use the laser for a long period of time or possibly only for brief moments. However, even those procedures that require only a short period of laser usage benefit from the advantages of laser therapy. With laser surgery, there is a reduced need for local anesthesia, bleeding is minimized, swelling is controlled, and there is usually little, if any, postoperative discomfort. Laser energy enhances the effect of tooth bleaching agents for a faster and more effective result. Natural looking restorative materials for teeth are more quickly cured to greater hardness. Lasers that remove tooth decay are fast and seldom require anesthesia.

Dental lasers are used for a variety of treatment procedures. Your dentist knows which types of patient care are more patient friendly with a laser than with alternative traditional methods. The dentists using lasers have devoted training time and expense to be able to bring you the many advantages of this exciting new technology.

Select Laser Bibliography for Patients

  1. The great white hype (laser tooth whitening). Includes related article on other tooth whitening procedures. Vogue, August 1996, Vol. 86, No. 8, p. 252(4).
  2. Lasers: bright lights of the medical world (laser surgery). Cosmopolitan, May 1995. Vol. 1, No. 5, p. 262(4).
  3. Lasers in dentistry. FDA Consumer, Jan-Feb 1995, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 15(4).
    Argon laser irradiation in root surface caries: In vitro study examines laser’s effects. Journal of the American Dental Association, April 1994, Vol. 125, No. 4, p. 401(7).
  4. Lasers for toothache. British Medical Journal, Nov. 13, 1993, Vol. 307, No. 6914, p. 1287(1).
  5. Lasers in dentistry: the future is here now (includes related article on how a laser works).
  6. Executive Health’s Good Health Report, Sept. 1992, Vol. 28, No. 12, p. 1(4).
    Beaming smiles: lasers in dentistry. Solutions for Better Health, July-August 1990, No. 9, p. 10(1).
  7. Casting light on gums: laser "scalpel" finds niche in soft-tissue surgery. American Health, Oct. 1989, Vol. 8, No. 8, p. 30(1).
  8. Painless cavity fixer; can be used against all types of dental decay (YAG dental laser), Prevention, Sept. 1989, Vol. 41, No. 9, p. 20(2).
  9. The new world of dental care, Consumers Digest, May-June 1996, Vol. 35, No. 3, p. 59(4).
  10. Lasers: bright lights of the medical world (laser surgery). Cosmopolitan, May 1995, Vol. 218, No. 5, p. 262(4).
  11. Looking your best. MPLS-St. Paul Magazine, Feb. 1995, Vol. 23, No. 2, p. 162(6).
  12. Brave new mouth. Forbes, Dec. 5, 1994, Vol. 154., No. 13, p. S180(1).
  13. Solving the product development puzzle (the genius of R&D lasers and electro-optics), R & D, Oct. 25, 1993, Vol. 35, No. 12, p. 50(3).
  14. Solid-state lasers generate even more applications, R & D, April 1991, Vol. 33, No. 5, p. 46(3).
  15. While pregnant, floss only the teeth you want to keep. Good Housekeeping, Feb. 1991, Vol. 212, No. 2, p. 102(2).
  16. Applications explode for lasers and electro-optics. R & D, May 1990, Vol. 32, No. 5, p. 98(7).
  17. Is your dentist up-to-date? 15 new (and painless) ways to healthier (and better-looking) teeth, Redbook, March 1990, Vol. 174, No. 5, p. 20(4).
  18. National dental checkup, U.S. News and World Report, Nov. 6, 1989, Vol. 107, No. 18, p. A1(8).
  19. Tooth tech: the new dentistry, High Technology Business, April 1989, Vol. 9, No. 4, p. 28(4).
  20. The doctor’s guide to beauty. Ladies Home Journal, Feb. 1989, Vol. 106, No. 2, p. 126(7).

To find a laser dentist in your area, see the Academy of Laser Dentistry Member Directory.



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