Since 1994, Lasers have been used in dentistry to treat many dental problems that have advanced dental hygiene procedures astronomically. Still, despite the FDA’s approval, no laser system has received the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance as an alternative to more traditional dental treatment. That coveted seal assures dentists that the product or device meets ADA standards of safety and efficacy, among other things that create sound mind and advancement into dental health. However, The ADA states that it is cautiously optimistic about the role of laser technology in the field of dentistry and its advancement. These lasers are much different from the cold lasers used in the areas of phototherapy for the relief of headaches, pain, and inflammation.
Still, dentists are using the special lasers to treat:
Tooth decay: Lasers are now used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling.
Gum disease: Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canals and other dental procedures.
Biopsy or lesion removal: Lasers are now used to remove any small piece of suspicious tissues (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 that may reside there.
Teeth whitening: Lasers are used to speed up popular in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth’s surface, is ”activated” by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process and cuts the old treatment time considerably.
Basically, all lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When they’re used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it meets. When lasers are used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.