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Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

April 29, 2014

Just as the invention of laser revolutionized medical science, lasers have been used in the field of dentistry since 1990. A fairly new industry, most people still ask this often, “Is laser dentistry safe?”

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

Lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures and are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments. Most people don’t even know that laser dentistry is being used even in dental cleanings!

Here are some of its uses:

  • reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
  • expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
  • remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
  • manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
  • remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
  • perform biopsy procedures.
  • remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
  • remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
  • help treat infections in root canals.
  • speed up tooth whitening procedures.

If the dental laser is used according to the accepted practices by a trained practitioner, then it is as safe as other dental instruments. The American Dental Association (ADA) has released guidelines on the safety guidelines in using laser in dentistry while the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has released their own guidelines.

How do I know my dentist is trained to practice Laser Dentistry?

Make sure that your dentist has participated in educational courses and received training by the manufacturer. Many dental schools, dental associations, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) offer dental laser education. The ALD is the profession's independent source for current dental laser education and credentials.

Laser Dentistry Offers Many Benefits

We have outlined a comprehensive list on the many advantages of laser dentistry and what type of equipment we use at Indianapolis Dentistry.

While lasers still remain a cutting-edge technology in the dental world, Dr. Reese feels completely comfortable using the tool and does so on a daily basis. If you are frightened by the use of needles and drills during your appointment, it would definitely help relax your experience with us if you switched to laser dentistry.Schedule an appointment today via email or by calling 317-882-0228.