Using the latest technology, laser dentistry involves specialized
instruments that produce intense concentrated beams of light. This
focused heat energy can aid in various types of dental procedures,
often reducing bleeding, pain, and swelling.
How Laser Dentistry Works
A dental laser consists of an electricity source and mirrors that
guide the beam of light, gas or solid matter through which the light
passes, and a tube for directing the light. Different types of
lasers exist, including soft tissue and hard tissue lasers. Their
design and the wavelengths of light used depend upon the dental
application. As well, the intensity and duration of heat, wavelength
of the laser beam, and pulse time depend upon the procedure the
dentist is performing.
Hard Tissue vs. Soft Tissue Lasers
If a doctor wants to precisely cut into bone or teeth, a hard tissue
laser is the best choice. Hard tissue lasers work well to prep
teeth, for removal of tooth structure, and to repair certain
fillings. With soft tissue lasers, these devices can cut into soft
tissue while also sealing off blood vessels and nerves.