"Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for "curing" a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth."1
Drs. Dean and Tara Kois use lasers to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling. Lasers are also used to "cure" or harden a filling. Lasers can be used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures. We also use lasers for Biopsy or lesion removal, meaning the Drs. can remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer or we can also use the laser to remove lesions in the mouth.
When compared to a traditional dental drill, lasers:
- Cause less pain in some instances, reducing the need for anesthesia
- Help reduce our patients anxiety when they are uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill
- Minimize the bleeding and swelling caused by soft tissue treatments
- Help preserve tooth health during cavity removal
1."Oral Care - Laser Use in Dentistry" http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/laser-use-dentistry. WebMD, LLC., 2005-2013.