In periodontal laser therapy, the provider uses a dental laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. When the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, the root scaling begins. This involves scraping off the calculus and plaque built up below the gumline and around the root. The dentist then smooths the root with instruments to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and cause future infections. The area between the gum and the root can then regenerate during the healing process.
Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling.
Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
Biopsy or lesion removal
Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth and relieve the pain of canker sores.
Lasers are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to thetooth surface, is ''activated" by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process.