Today, laser drills are being used to treat the following dental issues:
Tooth decay. After removing tooth decay and preparing the tooth for the filling, the laser can also cure the filling, strengthening the bond between the filling and tooth.
Gum disease, biopsy, and lesion removal. The laser cuts or vaporizes the tissue it comes in contact with and will remove bacteria.
Teeth whitening. The laser can speed up the whitening process by enhancing the effect of the bleaching agent.
Below is a comparison of the pros and cons of using a dental laser rather than a traditional drill:
Can reduce the need for anesthesia;
May reduce anxiety in patients who are uncomfortable with a drill;
Can minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue procedures;
May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal.
Cannot be used on teeth with existing fillings;
Cannot be used on many common dental procedures such as cavities between teeth, on teeth with existing fillings, preparing a tooth for a crown or bridge, or removing defective crowns or silver fillings;
Traditional drills may still be needed to shape teeth or fillings even when a laser is used;
Lasers do not eliminate the need for anesthesia;
Lasers are more expensive than traditional drills.
As with any new dental product, you will want to weigh the pros and cons to see if having a dental laser in your office would benefit your patients.