Safety of Dental Lasers

Dental lasers are now used to perform a number of diagnostic procedures and services related to the gums, bone, and teeth. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted marketing clearance for lasers to be used to perform soft tissue surgery in 1991 and they have since been adopted by many medical professionals in various specialties. 

Dental lasers are used for:

• Disease Diagnosis
• Soft Tissue Procedures
• Hard Tissue Procedures
• Bone Recontouring Procedures
• Disease Detection Services

Laser Technology Background in Springfield, MO

Since its debut in 1960, laser technology has been adopted by medical professionals across a variety of specialties to perform surgeries and provide a high level of care for patients. Lasers are now used in the field of dentistry to treat cases of gingivitis that have developed into periodontal disease, bone recontouring, and to detect disease within the tissue.

What is the Laser?

Laser is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” A laser device generates a single beam of light to a target area.

Medical Lasers

Today’s medical laser devices are designed with several components and these work together to emit just the right amount of light energy for various diagnostic and surgical procedures. Medical laser devices are typically comprised of: a source of electricity, mirrors to direct the beam of light, a semiconductor that emits wavelengths when stimulated, and fiber optics.

Lasers in Dentistry

Lasers have been used in the field of dentistry for more than two decades and typically fall into one of the following three categories:

• Disease Diagnosis
• Soft Tissue Surgery - related to the lips, gums, and tongue
• Hard Tissue Surgery - related to the bone, dentin, and enamel

Lasers and Gum Disease

If you have gingivitis that progresses to periodontitis, you may need laser gum surgery to restore your oral health. Dr. Vance offers the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), and this has proven to be a very effective procedure for eradicating bacteria and infected tissue associated with periodontal disease. LANAP® can eradicate almost all of the infection in the mouth after a single visit and does not involve any cutting of the gum tissue.

When untreated gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, laser treatment is often recommended to arrest this progressive infection. For more information about gum disease treatment options and LANAP®, schedule an appointment in Springfield, MO with Dr. Vance today!