Dr. Paul McLeod General Dentist

Laser Dentistry

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems. Dentists are using lasers to treat:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Biopsy or lesion removal
  • Teeth whitening

All Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting intrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used in the teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effort of tooth-bleaching agents.

Pros of the laser compared to the traditional dental drill:

  • May cause less pain
  • May reduce anxiety in patients
  • Minimize bleeding and swelling
  • May preserve healthy tooth stucture during cavity removal

WebMD Medical Reference
Reviewed by Michael Friedman, DDS on January 15, 2018