One of the significant advances in modern dentistry has been the development of dental laser technology. This advanced system of care operates by generating focused light energy to safely, gently, and precisely shape as well as remove targeted amounts of tissue without affecting any adjacent areas.
Dental lasers have multiple applications and can be used to perform several periodontal procedures, including the reduction of gingival pockets, the treatment of periodontitis, and the management of peri-implantitis. When employed to treat gum disease, a dental laser selectively vaporizes the inflamed and diseased tissue inside of a periodontal pocket, while leaving the healthy tissue intact. Moreover, lasers target and kill the bacteria that cause gum disease and help facilitate the healthy reattachment of supporting tissues to the surface of the tooth’s root. A dental laser may also be employed to remove and re-contour gingival tissues for cosmetic purposes.
Among the many benefits of laser technology is the elimination of the discomfort associated with procedures performed with a surgical scalpel. In this respect, dental lasers minimize the need for dental anesthesia. In addition to offering more comfortable and stress-free care, lasers cauterize tissue as they go, reducing bleeding during periodontal procedures. Furthermore, healing and recovery times using this approach to care are quicker with less post-operative swelling as well as scarring.