Laser Dentistry FAQ
Are lasers new to dentistry?
The concept of lasers was first suggested by Albert Einstein. Shortly after the invention of lasers in the early 1960s, lasers were used experimentally on the teeth and gums. Lasers have long been the standard of care in medicine for many surgical and cosmetic procedures, such as LASIK, wrinkle removal, hair removal and many others. The Waterlase was approved for hard tissue dental procedures. Thousands of dentists around the world have performed millions of Waterlase hard and soft tissue procedures with less need for anesthesia and drills.
How does laser dentistry reduce pain?
Heat and vibration are the causes of most of the pain associated with the dental drill. Laser dentistry performs a wide variety of dental procedures more comfortably.
- In well trained hands, laser energy makes teeth less sensitive.
- Laser cutting does not transmit heat or vibration.
Laser dentistry is able to replace the drill for many procedures. Just eliminating the sound of the drill is a great comfort for many people. In addition, there is almost never any pain associated with the use of the laser.
What dental procedures can be done with lasers?
There are many different types of lasers used in dentistry and their applications vary. Some of the most common applications of laser dentistry include:
- Removing dental decay and old composite fillings
- Creating ultra-conservative, microscopic fillings
- Smile design
- Desensitizing teeth
- Sterilizing infected root canals
- Bone shaping and crown lengthening
- Aphthous ulcer treatment
- Periodontal (gum) treatment
- Assisting oral surgery (often for removing teeth or placing implants)
Undoubtedly, lasers are the “wave of the future.”
Does it take special training to use a dental laser?
Yes, it does. There are basic and advanced training courses, as well as certifications that demonstrate a wide knowledge of skills including theory, safety and laser dentistry technique. Fortunately, Dr. Flax has not only taken these tests, but also lectures and writes frequently about this topic (as well as aesthetic dentistry) to people from all over the world.
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