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How it Found its Way into Dentistry

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How it Found its Way into Dentistry

  1. 1. Laser: How It Found Its Way into Dentistry
  2. 2. Lasers have been in use in dentistry since the 1990s. They are a safe and effective means of treatment for different dental problems and are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments. Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light, which can interact with biological tissues, including the tooth enamel, dentin, gingival, and pulp.
  3. 3. How Lasers Work Lasers produce a narrow beam of light energy. When the light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. Lasers act as a vaporizer of tissue or cutting instrument when used for surgical and dental procedures. When used for fillings, they help strengthen the bond between the tooth and the filling. The use of laser in different teeth-whitening procedures enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.
  4. 4. Uses in Dentistry Dental lasers can be used to reduce the discomfort of sore throats, expose partially erupted wisdom teeth, and remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement. They help manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns, remove overgrown tissues caused by specific medications, and perform biopsy procedures. They are also helpful in removing inflamed tissues, treating gum disease and root canal infections, and removing or reshaping bone and gum tissues during crown lengthening procedures. Lasers speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures by activating hydrogen peroxide in gels and solutions used in inhouse teeth whitening techniques.
  5. 5. Making Procedures Safer and More Precise The use of laser in dentistry has several advantages, including making procedures safer and more precise. Dentists sometimes do not need to administer anesthesia and use dental drills, giving patients a painless and more relaxed dental experience. The use of lasers minimizes the bleeding and swelling of gum tissues, and reduces symptoms and healing times. Lasers can be as safe as other dental instruments if used according to accepted practices by trained practitioners. The
  6. 6. Academy of General Dentistry advises patients to ensure the dentists they’re dealing with have proper laser education and training. Laser instruments, devices, and machines vary in their potential for light energy emission, so proper training is important. While laser is a useful dental instrument, it isn’t appropriate for all dental procedures. Patients are advised to consult their dentists to determine if laser procedure is the right option for them. Resources: http://www.dustinnelsondds.com/ http://www.ada.org/1860.aspx http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-28/issue-6/feature/dental-lasers-and-the-dentalhygienist.html

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