For years, lasers have revolutionised the medical industry and now laser dentistry procedures are taking off. However, anytime new technologies are introduced, people naturally will have questions. Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).
What is a laser?
Lasers are beams of light that are a single wavelength and colour. Laser is an acronym derived from “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.”
How does it differ from regular sunlight?
White light is made up of light with many wavelengths corresponding to the visible spectrum comprising the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). Laser light consists of beams of a single colour and hence a single wavelength of light, concentrated to a high energy level, which can penetrate living tissue.
Dental laser usage typically falls into three categories:
- Disease diagnosis
- Soft tissue procedures of the gums, lips and tongue e.g. the removal of gum tissue
- Hard tissue procedures of the bone or tooth enamel and dentin e.g. diagnosis and removal of tooth decay
Perfect Smile Studios use lasers in a range of treatments.
Are they safe?
Absolutely! Before blazing a trail in the field of dentistry, lasers have been used for years in the medical field with research evidence and the FDA approving both their safety and efficacy.
In fact, lasers are minimally invasive and can result in less tissue removal, less bleeding and less discomfort for patients after surgery.