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Monday, December 6, 2021

Frequently Asked Laser Questions

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How do lasers work in dentistry?

Lasers emit energy in the form of light.  This energy is harnessed and manipulated in a variety of ways for different procedures.  For surgical procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or can vaporize tissue. When repairing a filling, the laser solidifies the bond between tooth and filling.  In teeth whitening the laser acts as a catalyst on bleaching agents.

Why use PerioLase® MVP-7™?

PerioLase® MVP-7™ is the only laser and protocol that is FDA cleared and supported by scientific and human histological research. PerioLase® MVP-7™ is highly selective in removing only damaged, leaving nearly all healthy tissue completely intact.

Is there any pain in laser treatment?

Laser treatments offer significantly less pain and discomfort than typically associated with traditional cut and suture dental surgery. Patients’ experiences little pain as the laser manipulates gums and removes bacteria and damaged tissue without invasive cutting. The laser targets only bacteria and disease tissue, so healthy tissue is unaffected and largely pain-free.

Is laser dentistry more expensive?

In most cases, laser dentistry is similar or slightly more expensive than the cost traditional surgery.  Most doctors prefer laser surgery as it offers the patient a better experience.  In some cases, laser dentistry is necessary for successful treatment. Additionally, laser dentistry has a higher long-term success rate, decreasing the likelihood of incurring additional costs from multiple treatments.  Overall, the benefits far outweigh the costs.

Are dental lasers safe?

When operated within practice guidelines, dental lasers are as, if not more, safe compared to other dental treatments. During laser procedures you will be asked to wear protective glasses, much like you wear sunglasses to protect you from the sun’s UV rays.

How can I be sure my dentist is trained on a laser?

Ask your dentist about the extent of his/her training.  Be sure they mention educational and training courses from the laser manufacturer.  Additionally, many dental schools, associations, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry offer dental laser education opportunities.  ALD is the profession’s leading independent source for laser education and credentialing.

How will I know if laser dentistry is an option?

Ask your dentist whether or not laser dentistry is a potential treatment option for you.  Although a very useful and efficient tool, laser dentistry may not be the appropriate method for all cases.

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