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Laser dentistry is the use of lasers for the treatment of dental and oral conditions. Most commonly, lasers are used in tooth whitening procedures; however, they can also be used during gum surgery and other dental procedures. Currently, there are 20 FDA approved dental procedures that can be performed with assistance from lasers.
How Does Laser Work in Dentistry?
Different lasers emit different wavelengths of light, which react with the hard and soft tissue of your mouth, allowing the removal or reshaping of the tissue.
Laser dentistry can be used in a wide range of procedures, including:
Types of Lasers used in Dentistry
At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Shohreh Sabeti use hard or soft tissue lasers, depending on the treatment required.
Hard Tissue Lasers
Hard tissue lasers are used to cut the teeth and the surrounding bone structure in the mouth. Their wavelengths are absorbed by certain minerals and water found in teeth. The most commonly used hard tissue lasers are Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG lasers.
Hard tissue lasers are most commonly used to remove dental decay, prep the tooth for cavity filling or bonding placement, and to repair worn down dental fillings.
Hard tissue laser treatments are extremely precise, so we may require more time to complete the operation than is needed in an ordinary non-laser procedure.
Soft Tissue Lasers
Soft tissue lasers are absorbed through hemoglobin and water in the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums. Some of the most commonly used soft tissue lasers include the diode laser, carbon dioxide laser, and the Nd:YAG laser.
Soft tissue laser can cut through gums making them useful in treating periodontal disease, fixing a gummy smile, releasing tight muscle attachments, and treating sores and ulcers.
These lasers can also seal nerve endings and blood vessels, which is why there is very little bleeding associated with laser procedures. It also encourages the accelerated healing of the tissue.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are several benefits of using lasers in dental procedures:
Limitations of Laser Dentistry
Lasers are not able to assist in all dental procedures:
Laser dentistry comes with very little risks and Dr. Shohreh Sabeti is trained enough to perform each procedure correctly so that you do not suffer any undue damage. We may also give you protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser.
If you are interested in this innovative form of dentistry, call us at (213) 314-0636 to book an appointment today.