What are Lasers Used for in Dentistry?

Dental lasers have been used since the 1960s, but they are becoming increasingly popular as more dentists and patients discover their benefits. Our Los Angeles dentist can use lasers in a variety of applications to alleviate pain, discomfort, complications and anxiety. We can help you decide if laser dentistry is right for you.

Frequently used to treat soft tissues, dental lasers offer a gentler way to treat gum disease. The laser can kill bacteria, and it offers more precise results. Recovery times tend to be shorter, and most patients experience less swelling and bleeding than they do with traditional methods.

Lasers can also be used to treat decay without the noise and discomfort of the traditional cavity filling process. We can remove the decayed tissues and cure the filling material using the laser for a faster, more comfortable procedure. They can even be used to speed and intensify the teeth whitening process. Lasers allow the whitening gel to penetrate deep inside the structure of the tooth and break up even those hard-to-reach stains.

As effective as lasers can be, they may not be right for every procedure. For example, we may still need to use traditional drills to remove old, worn metal fillings. Contact our office today to learn more about your options or to schedule an appointment with our expert in laser dentistry in Los Angeles.

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