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No longer a thing of science fiction, modern day dentists now use lasers in their work. The intense beam of light can cut like a sharp knife, sterilize, and cauterize the wound at the same time. Lasers can remove oral tissue or reshape it. Lasers are even used to whiten teeth.

There are different laser instruments used for different dental operations. The same laser tool that is used for surgery is not the appropriate kind to use for teeth whitening. Below are some other procedures where dentists use lasers:

-When wisdom teeth are impacted or only emerge part way, a laser can be used to expose the tooth.

-Decay can be burned away using a laser tool to prep a tooth.

-Eliminating bacteria from teeth and gums with periodontitis.

-Activating the gel on teeth for tooth whitening

There are multiple benefits that laser dentistry has over the old traditional methods. Patients do not always need to be put under with anesthesia for some procedures due to the fact that many operations will be painless. And a laser incision sterilizes and cauterizes as it cuts. Killing 3 birds with one stone! Bleeding is also greatly reduced which allows the dentist to be more precise and accurate.

Talk with your dentist to determine if laser instruments can be used in your coming dental operation. Depending upon the patient and procedure, a laser may or may not be the best option.

If you are interested in laser dentistry, call Dr. Mark Simpson for more information. Please contact Simpson Dental Associates to make an appointment at: 304-342-6162, or come by our office in Charleston, West Virginia.