Frequently Asked Laser Questions

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Within the past several years, there have been several advances in dentistry that provide for safer, more comfortable treatments. With the introduction of new technology, people often have questions about how it works. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

What is the Roll of Lasers in Dentistry?
Lasers have several different functions when it comes to dentistry. They are used as a cutting instrument or a tool for breaking down tissue. They can also be used to reinforce the bond between teeth and fillings. One of the most popular ways that dentists use lasers is for whitening teeth. In this application, the heat from the laser enhances and accelerates the effects of the agents that are used to bleach teeth.

What Makes the PerioLase® MVP-7™ so Special?
The FDA is the chief administration that is charged with ensuring the safety of foods, medicines, and procedures within the United States. Before approving anything, they require extensive testing and research that prove its safety and effectiveness. The PerioLase® MVP-7™ is the first and only laser that has received FDA clearance for dentistry and is used exclusively to perform LANAP® surgery.

Are Laser Procedures Painful?
One of the most notable benefits of laser treatments is that they are typically much less painful than traditional surgeries or procedures. When a laser is used for gum surgery, for example, it is designed to be a precision instrument that eliminates the need for cutting and sutures. When you need periodontal disease treatment, lasers are able to remove bacteria and promote recovery. The whole process is more comfortable than it would be without the laser.

Is it More Costly to Use a Laser?
If you are considering having LANAP® surgery or other laser treatments, you may be surprised to learn that the cost of laser dentistry is actually very comparable to traditional treatments. In some cases, it may be a little bit more expensive, but this depends on the specific dentist. Because there are so many advantages to using a laser, people usually consider any extra fees to be well worth it.

What Training is Necessary for Laser Dentistry?
It is important to ensure that your dentist has received the necessary education in order to correctly use a laser. Many dental schools currently offer courses in laser dentistry. When a laser is introduced into a dental office, the manufacturer also offers training for its use. Take time to ask your dentist about the extent of his or her education in laser dentistry and their experience in using a laser for periodontal disease treatment.

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