Lasers have a rich history that has evolved over the last some 55 years to a point where their existence is not just a product of science fiction. In fact, lasers and some of their uses are common knowledge to most all of us.
But even if you think you know about lasers, you may not realize that the word is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Doesn’t sound like something you’d want to use for a health care procedure, does it!
And did you know that the basis for lasers actually dates back to 1917 when Albert Einstein first explained the theory of stimulated emission. By the late 1940s and 50s scientists and engineers worked to come up with a practical device based on Einstein’s theory. And by the 1960s, most of the practical applications for lasers in defense and industry were identified.
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light, and they have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems. Here are some of the ways lasers are used to help treat patients at Dr. Barney’s office:
- Remove decay within a tooth
- Prepare the surrounding enamel for a filling
- Cure or harden a filling
- Reshape gums and remove bacteria during a root canal
- Speed up office teeth whitening process
- Treat gum disease
- Crown lengthening and gum contouring
Our patients with sensitive teeth report less discomfort with laser procedures. But maybe one of the biggest benefits of laser procedures is that they seem to help those patients who have dental anxiety.
At our office, we use lasers where possible and when they can offer the best outcomes. Lasers aren’t always the solution, however, and can’t be used to fill cavities between teeth, to remove defective crowns or fillings, for large cavities, or for crown or bridge preparation. And we still use traditional methods to shape and polish fillings and adjust your bite.
We’re here to help you make sure your teeth last a lifetime, and lasers are only part of the plan. Einstein would be amazed, and so will you. Schedule an appointment today: (304) 754-8803.