|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
July 18, 2014
Lasers are an instrument that can produce an extremely narrow and intense beam of light energy. When the laser light comes into contact with tissue it will cause a reaction. The beam of light produced by the laser can remove, vaporize or shape tissue.
Lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 1990’s. They have been determined to be safe for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are an effective treatment solution for a wide range of dental procedures. Many times lasers are used in conjunction with other dental instruments. Dental lasers can be used to:
- Uncover partially erupted wisdom teeth.
- To correct a speech problem that was caused by a tongue-tie, which prevents normal tongue movement.
- Remove decay caused by a cavity and prepare the tooth for a new filling.
- Remove muscle pulls often seen in orthodontic patients.
- Manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns.
- Remove tissue that has become swollen due to certain medications.
- Perform biopsy procedures.
- Remove inflamed gum tissues and reduce the amount of bacteria within a periodontal pocket.
- To remove or shape excess gum and bone tissue during a crown lengthening procedure.
- Treat abscessed gums and infections in root canals.
- Reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
- Activate whitening chemicals that are used to lighten teeth.
Benefits of Lasers
Dental lasers have several advantages. Dentists may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia for some procedures. This allows the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Lasers can be used from procedures that need more precision work. Lasers can also reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies; reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities; and control bleeding during surgery.
Safety of Lasers
When dental lasers are used according to the accepted practices by a trained practitioner, then it considered as safe as any other dental instrument. When your dentist performs a laser procedure, you will have to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from any exposure. This is just a precaution like wearing sunglasses to protect against sun rays.
If you have any concerns about dental lasers ask your dentist and they can inform you about how he or she have been educated and trained with the lasers. Make sure that your dentist has participated in educational courses and received training by the manufacturer. Many dental schools, dental associations, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) offer dental laser education. The ALD is the profession’s independent source for current dental laser education and credentialing.
Ask your dentist about using a laser instead of a drill to help some of your dental problems. Although the laser is a very useful dental instrument, it may not be appropriate for every dental procedure.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.