A laser is a precise dental tool that produces a narrow, highly intense beam of light. When directed at tissue, the laser causes a reaction, making the tool useful for cutting, shaping, or removing tissue. Because the laser has a high degree of precision, it is concentrated and accurate. Lasers are often used to treat a small area without damaging the surrounding area.
Dentists have used lasers since the early 1990s, and use of lasers in general or family dentistry is becoming more common. However, laser dentistry is still relatively unusual, with only an estimated five to six percent of all dentists incorporating laser dentistry into their practices.
In the hands of a trained practitioner, laser treatment is believed to be as safe as traditional dental tools. A laser beam can cause serious damage if directed at the eyes, however, so dentists always provide patients with special protective glasses during laser treatments.
As owner of Aliso Laguna Family Dental Care in Laguna Hills, California, Dr. Monica Boniadi and her friendly, experienced staff provide families with a comprehensive range of dental services in a friendly, comfortable environment. Additional information is available at Aliso Laguna’s website, www.alisolagunadental.com.