Laser dentistry is a term that can be a little confusing. Many people think it’s special procedure and does not apply to them. Let’s face it, nobody has ever been told: “You have a problem here, and you are going to require laser dentistry.”
Laser Dentistry is simply performing standard dental procedures utilizing a laser instead of some of the more common tools such as a drill, scalpel, file, or saw. There are many types of lasers out there. They all have very specific purposes, and advantages. While I can write an entire book on the subject, I’ll keep it brief. I use a laser when I feel it gives me an advantage over the traditional methods. I consider the quality of the final result. The comfort of the patient, both physical and emotional. How the tissues will interact with the laser, and whether or not I can do the procedure any other way.
Before you get concerned. I do not charge any extra fees for using the laser. I believe cost should not influence what the method of choice should be. I have been using lasers in my practice since the early 1990s. In fact, when the first hard tissue laser became FDA approve for use on the teeth, I was fortunate enough to be one of the first 10 dentists in the country to receive one. I am proud to say that many of the laser techniques in use today were developed and taught by me to laser users around the world.
So, what can we do with a laser? I can do fillings, root canals, extractions, periodontal (gum) treatment, and cosmetic procedures. Most of these procedures can be done without the need for anesthesia. To see if the use of a laser may be beneficial to you, contact us and schedule a visit.