Use of a Laser in the Dental Office

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Monica Boniadi, DDS, established her private dental practice, Laser & Cosmetic Dental, to deliver state- of- art dental care to the community in and around Laguna Hills, California. The winner of numerous awards from the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Dr. Monica Boniadi takes advantage of laser technology in her dentistry practice.

Dental professionals have been using lasers in their work since the early 1990s. Lasers are used primarily to cut or vaporize hard or soft tissue. For example, lasers can clear decay from a tooth and prepare the surrounding area to receive a filling. Lasers can also harden fillings.

Lasers are very useful for reshaping gums and removing bacteria during root canal therapy. They are also useful for the removal of small samples of tissue–called biopsies–to be examined for cancer. Lasers can diminish the pain of canker sores and remove mouth lesions. Additionally, dentists use lasers to speed in-house tooth whitening procedures.

There are several benefits to using lasers in dental procedures. They usually cause less pain, reducing or eliminating the need for anesthetic for some procedures. A highly precise tool, lasers have been documented to control bleeding during surgery and reduce healing times and symptoms following various procedures.

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The Two Types of Dental Lasers

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Dentist and owner of Laser & Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Monica Boniadi, DDS, won the Consumer’s Research Council of America award for cosmetic dentistry in 2000, and for laser dentistry in 2010. At her practice, Dr. Monica Boniadi performs all aspects of dentistry, from oral surgery and Invisalign to laser dentistry.

Laser dentistry allows for more comfortable dental treatments that are shorter and more precise. There are two basic types of dental lasers: soft tissue and hard tissue. Hard tissue lasers are primarily used for cutting into teeth and bone for shaping the teeth. They are also used for removing small amounts of the teeth or fixing dental fillings that have become worn. Hard tissue lasers use a specific wavelength that is highly absorbable by water and the calcium phosphate salt that is found in teeth and bone, allowing for highly efficient tooth cutting.

Soft tissue lasers are commonly used for gum reshaping treatments and muscle attachment improvements. They seal blood vessels and nerve endings by penetrating soft tissues within the mouth. Soft tissue lasers promote faster healing and allow for minimal pain after surgery. The wavelengths for soft tissue lasers are highly absorbable by hemoglobin and water, allowing them to perform soft tissue treatments with minimal damage.