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Laser Dentistry FAQs

How long has laser dentistry been in existence?

The lasers used in laser dentistry have been used for other surgical procedures for over twenty years. Laser dentistry, however, didn’t become prominent until the 1990s.

What are the advantages of using lasers as opposed to other surgical methods?

Aside from extreme precision, lasers eliminate the need for cutting and suturing; they also offer rapid recovery, long-lasting results, the ability to safely treat patients with diabetes, blood disorders and those on blood-thinning medications, and minimal or no scarring.

What dental procedures are lasers used for?

They are most commonly used for gum recontouring and periodontal (gum) therapy.

Is anesthesia needed for periodontal therapy or gum recontouring?

Some anesthetic is usually required during gum recontouring. Initially, anesthesia may be required for periodontal therapy. A local anesthetic can be used if necessary. Antibiotic therapy is used to prevent infection. As therapy progresses, and gums become healthy, the need for anesthesia generally diminishes.

How long does it take to heal from laser dentistry procedures?

Your gums may be slightly sore, but most patients are able to continue with their regular activities soon after these procedures.