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Shining a Light on Laser Dental Technology

Shining a Light on Laser Dental Technology

6/26/2013 9:21:26 AM   |   Comments: 2   |   Views: 531
When Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader introduced us to laser technology in that galaxy far, far away, I wonder if there were any dental nerds that thought, “I’d bet I could really zap a cavity with that,” or “The Force is strong with this one?”

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat oral issues, none of which have involved storm troopers, droids or death stars. Even better, for many people receiving laser dental treatment there is no numbing shot or treatment pain. Unlike the lasers used at rock concerts and the cold lasers used to relieve headaches and inflammation (phototherapy), the lasers used in dental procedures are more like Luke and Darth’s which are used for vaporizing and “reshaping.”

Fortunately, dentists in our galaxy use lasers mostly to reshape gums and cut out tissue and tooth decay – rather than limbs and headgear. But they 
do much more than cutting and reshaping. Before beaming us up, let’s look at what exactly a laser is.


 

How Do Lasers Work? A laser is an instrument that emits a narrow beam of light energy. The acronym derives from the name, “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Now, I know what you're thinking. Radiation isn't good for people so how can lasers be used as a source for dental good? A good point, which begs the question...READ MORE 
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