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Uses Of Dental Lasers

Dental Lasers

Lasers are appliances that produce intense beams of light energy. When the light energy comes into contact with body tissues, there is a reaction. This reaction removes or reshapes the body tissues that it comes into contact with.


Dental lasers are used at either low densities or high densities depending on the procedure. They have been in use since the 1990s. Dental lasers are used in conjunction with other instruments and are safe and effective in treatment of a wide range of dental problems.


A Barrie dentist who is trained to use a laser administers dental lasers. The dentist must receive training, familiarize him or herself with the operating manual and practice within his or her scope. When searching for a dentist Barrie, remember to ask about his or her laser training and experience with the same.


Some of the major uses include


  • Expose the partially erupted wisdom teeth in children
  • Composite fillings: Dental lasers are used to speed up the bonding process. This makes the process fast and effective. It also boosts the lifespan of the fillings.
  • Tooth decay: Lasers are used to remove the decay and prepare the tooth for filling
  • Reduce discomfort of cold sores and canker: At low intensities lasers are used to disinfect and cauterize thus promoting faster healing.
  • Remove the muscles that limit proper movement of the jaw
  • Remove overgrown tissues that arise from the use of certain medication
  • Help in treatment and prevention of root canal infections
  • Crown lengthening procedure to reshape the gum and bone tissues
  • Cosmetic dentistry Barrie procedures like teeth whitening: The heat from the laser activates peroxide thus leading to fast and effective treatments.
  • Treatment of gum disease: Dental lasers are used to reshape gums.
  • They are also used to remove the bacteria in preparation for the root canal procedures.
  • Biopsy procedures: They can be used to remove small lesion so that it can be examined for cancer.
  • Sealant replacement: Dental lasers are used to disinfect the grooves thus preventing contamination.
  • Prevention of tooth decay: Lasers are said to increase the uptake of fluoride by enamel.
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Benefits of dental lasers


The high intensity dental lasers are used in surgery in place of drills because they can vaporize bones and tissues instantly. They are preferred over drills because they cause less pain, bleeding and minimal trauma to the surrounding tissues. However, their application does not cover all dental procedures. They cannot be used for metal fillings or replacing a cavity between two teeth.

  • Eliminates the need to drill
  • No anesthesia
  • Minimal post treatment symptoms and faster healing for the patient
  • Reduce bacterial infection and control bleeding during surgery


Lasers allow the dental surgeon to reduce bacteria and other pathogens

  • Safe to use in both adults and children
  • Dental lasers are far more precise and thus more suitable for tricky procedures


The popularity of lasers has grown over the years due to their enormous contribution in treatment and aesthetic dentistry Barrie. Today you will find this technology in every modern dental office.

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