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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 harden restorative materials and enhance tooth bleaching, and others to remove diseased (decayed) tooth structure prior to 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 longer 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, postoperative swelling is reduced, and there is usually little, if any, discomfort afterward. Laser energy enhances the effect of tooth bleaching agents for a faster and more effective result

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

 

 

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