Laser use in dentistry began in 1994. Lasers can be used to treat several dental problems. Dentists use lasers in dentistry for many reasons including the following:
- To treat tooth decay as well as to prepare a tooth for a filling
- To treat gum disease and reshape gums during root canals
- To remove lesions or canker sores
- To speed up teeth whitening
Lasers work by providing light energy. During dental procedures, lasers vaporize tissues and are used as cutting instruments. Lasers also enhance the effects of tooth-whitening procedures. The use of lasers remains the perfect choice for patients who struggle with the sound of a dental drill. Using a laser preserves the majority of a healthy tooth when a cavity is being removed.
Dr. Criss can happily answer your questions and give you expert advice on the using of lasers during any of your dental procedures.