The Scoop on Laser Dentistry

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A safe, painless way to remove cavities, repair gums, and whiten teeth, dental lasers are an effective method of dental treatment. An acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission, lasers allow patients to spend less time at the dentist office and enjoy a more pleasant dental experience. Some lasers are easily visible, like the red laser in a classroom pointer, but others vibrate at levels beyond the human range of vision.

How does a laser work?
Set to a specific wavelength, the laser focuses a beam of light on a targeted area. With a laser, your dentist can remove a cavity, activate bleaching gel, or contour the gum line.

Does laser dentistry hurt?
Because lasers do not vibrate or produce heat, patients don’t typically experience pain. Since the device targets specific areas of tissue, the environment is immediately sterilized and bleeding is minimal.

What is the difference between a soft tissue and hard tissue laser?
Your dentist will use a hard tissue laser for procedures involving bone, whereas a soft tissue laser can reshape gums and remove areas of tissue.

Are lasers safe?
All dental lasers have FDA approval. As well, lasers offer reduced risk of injury to teeth and gums because of their precision. Generally, patients have a faster recovery time and less risk of infection with laser dentistry than with traditional procedures.

Is laser dentistry okay for my child?
Definitely. The heat, vibration and pressure of a dental drill often scare kids. Laser dentistry lessens any discomfort and improves their time in the dental chair.

We use the latest dental laser technology at our Federal Way, WA dental office.

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