Lasers is “Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” Lasers emit light of different energies/wavelengths depending upon the type of Laser. Each individual laser has its own applications. The most common Lasers used in Dentistry are Soft Lasers used for soft tissue surgeries while others are effective on hard tissues like tooth enamel and bone.
Uses of Soft Dental Lasers
- Inflamed gums of the third molar: Soft Lasers help in removing the gum tissue surrounding the third molar, which prevents further accumulation of food debris and thus arrests any further inflammation.
- Crown Lengthening: This is required for making of crowns to provide extra support to the crown by exposing the surfaces of the teeth by use of Soft Dental lasers. The gum is reshaped to expose healthier tooth structure.
- Overgrown Gums: A few medications cause the gum tissue surrounding the teeth to swell. Soft lasers are useful in shaping the gums to an acceptable aesthetic and healthy appearance. The underlying cause of the swollen gums also needs to be considered and controlled.
- Tongue tie: It is a restricted frenulum, seen in children. A laser frenotomy is an ideal treatment option for children. A laser frenotomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.