We use lasers in a lot of procedures nowdays. We have cold lasers that aim to speed up the cells and get them working on getting you feeling better faster, and we have hot lasers that use extremely focused beams of light to cut and shape tissue. While lasers are nothing new in themselves, they have become a valuable tool to dentists over the years and now so many things can be done with them rather than the traditional 'old way' that we have been accustomed to.
A lot of people are scared to go to the dentist as they are afraid of the pain and discomfort that comes with procedures, but having laser dentistry can cut down on that fear somewhat as they offer a minimally invasive option to a whole host of procedures.
Specialized dental lasers can whiten the teeth, reshape gums, remove overgrown tissue from mouth areas, remove canker sores and gum infection, help with gum diseases, and can help to expose wisdom teeth. They can also be used for biopsies, removing tissue from the throat, and they can erradicate root canal infection and be used for regenerating damaged nerves as well.
So why would a dentist go with a laser over the traditional method? Well, it's simple, a laser is less likely to damage your gums, you need less healing time after the visit and you typically lose less blood than you would with the older ways of doing things. Patients are also less likely to need sutures after (which are uncomfortable in themselves) and are less likely to get an infection as the laser actually sterilizes the area that is being worked on.
Dentists get a bad rap a lot of the time. They are expensive and lets face it, dental appointments generally have at least a discomfort associated with them. When your mouth is sore, all of you is sore and you end up miserable, but now, thanks to the laser dentistry that so many dentists offer you can have your procedure done fast, and will less risks and pain associated with it. Sure it sounds high tech, and it is, but it's also a faster and less invasive way to tackle so many dental problems, leaving you with a mouth that is working optimally, which makes the rest of you feel great too.
If you're not sure if laser dentistry is for you, just talk with your dentist and come to an agreement together.