Diode Laser Applications in Dentistry
The diode laser is flexible enough to be used in many different procedures. It is most commonly used to perform soft-tissue surgery, including removing tumors and lesions from the soft tissues of the mouth. Because the diode laser’s high-energy beam kills bacteria, it is often used to sterilize areas of the mouth before or during root canals, cavity treatment, and other such procedures.
Many dentists use the diode laser to perform laser tooth cleaning and plaque removal. The laser is powerful enough to remove even heavily calcified deposits, leaving the teeth clean and free of potential cavity-causing plaque. The diode laser can also be used to treat gum disease
How Does Laser Dentistry Work?
Dental lasers emit light that deliver quick pulses of heat energy to the treatment area. Various wavelengths are used depending on the type of tissue being treated. Surgical lasers are more accurate than traditional dental treatments and allow the dentist to conserve as much bone and tooth as possible.