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What Is Laser Dentistry? FAQs – Answered!

At Golden Gate Dental in San Francisco, Dr. Inessa Sosis uses the latest laser dentistry technology to deliver beautiful results for both cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. We invest in technology in order to provide our patients with the most efficient, compassionate care. Laser dentistry is used in a variety of dental treatments, so here’s a few things to know if you’re considering a procedure that uses this cutting-edge technology to improve your smile:

How Does Laser Dentistry Work?

Lasers are used to deliver energy at different wavelengths into the gums and teeth, and can target enamel, tooth decay or gum tissue. The laser removes small layers of tooth or gum material, while preserving the integrity of the underlying tissue.

Because there is no drill in direct contact with the tissue, there is no uncomfortable vibration when using dental lasers. Lasers are minimally invasive, making them perfect for patients with dental anxiety.

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

Absolutely. Dental lasers are extremely advanced, and different types of lasers are used for different procedures to ensure that patients stay safe and comfortable. Dental lasers are approved by the FDA and have been found to be as safe or safer than alternative dental tools when used by a trained dentist.

What Are the Most Common Laser Dentistry Procedures?

Lasers are mostly used for tissue removal. The most common laser dentistry procedures include:

  • Gum disease treatment – Lasers can be used to remove unhealthy gum tissue, to remove bacteria during root canals, and to destroy bacteria on the gums and in the roots of the teeth.
  • Cosmetic gum reshaping – Lasers can gently remove gum tissue, allowing for the cosmetic reshaping of gums, or reshaping of the gums after gum disease.
  • Removal of tooth decay – Laser drills are highly effective for the removal of tooth decay and are used to prepare tooth enamel for fillings.
  • Biopsies and lesion removal – Laser dentistry is ideal for biopsies and the removal of lesions, as the tissue remains intact and in good condition and there is no pain or bleeding upon removal.

Do I Need to Be Numbed During Laser Dentistry Procedures?

In most cases, no! Laser dentistry does not involve physical contact with the tissue of your mouth, so many patients do not even require numbing agents. In addition, because the high-intensity laser has a cauterizing effect, there is typically very little bleeding after laser dentistry.

Interested in Learning More About Laser Dentistry in San Francisco? Come in Today!

At Golden Gate Dental, Dr. Sosis specializes in using modern laser dentistry techniques. Interested in learning more about the benefits of lasers or looking to schedule an appointment?

Contact our office near Golden Gate Park now at (415) 367-3444, or drop by in person at 3200 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94118. We’d love to see you and discuss the benefits of laser dentistry at our practice. With our advanced technology and informative approach to dentistry, you’ll get the best care in all of San Francisco. Come in today!