Laser dentistry became popular in the late 1980s when lasers were used for dental tissue procedures. The laser is powerful enough to alter the tissue shape and even remove tissue. Laser dentistry was more comfortable on patients’ tissues, compared to traditional dental tools.
Since then, laser dentistry has evolved to benefit multiple patients and dental conditions. Laser dentistry is not only more cost-effective — it’s more efficient and patients are more comfortable. This is ideal for pediatric dentistry; children can receive quick dental treatment in the most comfortable way.
How Laser Dentistry Is Performed Based on Tissue Density
The tooth comprises of three different densities: enamel, dentine (dentin), cementum.
On the enamel level, the laser can work on many levels of the surface such as removing tooth decay and preparing the enamel for a filling.
On the dentin level, the laser can treat dentin hypersensitivity and other dentin issues.
Dental lasers can also be used during the root planing and scaling process, removing cementum infected with toxins, tartar, and microorganisms.