Lasers have been used in dentistry since the last century to treat a number of dental problems. Routinely lasers are used in dentistry for the following purposes:
- Tooth decay.
- Gum disease
- Biopsy or lesion removal.
- Teeth whitening
Benefits of dental lasers include that they decrease morbidity after surgery, and reduces the need for anesthetics. Because of the cauterization of tissue there will be little bleeding following soft tissue procedures, and some of the risks of alternative electrosurgery procedures are avoided.