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Laser Dentistry Lasers deliver energy in the form of light. In dentistry, we can remove Caries and unhealthy gum tissue. No measurable effect is seen beyond the intended target site. Lasers are very specific we can make the laser remove only Caries. There is little or no sound associated with laser treatment, a pleasant treat for the dental patient who has experienced the whine of the dental drill.

There are currently four areas of dental care that are enjoying the benefits of laser technology:

1) Cavity removal can be accomplished with laser machines they have the ability to remove decay within a tooth, and prepare the surrounding enamel for bonded fillings. The need for anesthesia is greatly reduced or eliminated over the traditional methods.

2) Laser energy dramatically reduces the bacteria found in dental decay, and has been demonstrated to enhance the tooth's ability to "heal" in situations where "deep cavities" had existed. -Curing, or hardening bonding materials is another area where lasers have become important. These lasers drastically reduce the time it takes to finish a filling, and create what some researchers have shown to be a stronger restoration.

3) Whitening teeth can be accomplished with special solutions that are applied to the tooth surface in the dental office and activated by laser energy. Color changes of several shades are possible in a very short time. When combined with at-home tray based whitening systems, dramatic changes can be seen in even the most difficult case.

4) Periodontal, or gum related care is the fourth area benefiting from laser technology. Lasers are currently used for re contouring or reshaping gums (often described as "plastic surgery for the smile"), removing extra or diseased gum tissue associated with the use of certain medications or periodontal disease, and removing the bacteria in periodontal pockets to promote healing. Healing time and post operative discomfort can be significantly reduced over the traditional surgical methods.

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