Examples of Dental Laser Applications

Examples of Dental Laser Applications

Reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores
Expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
Remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement
Manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures
Remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications
Remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease
Help treat infections in root canals
Speed up tooth whitening procedures

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Understanding Laser Dentistry
A Q & A with Dr. MajidKashani, DDS

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures. In the following editorial feature, Dr. MajidKashani, DDS of the Huntington Beach-based Seaside Dental Care addresses some of the most frequently asked questions regarding laser dentistry in his practice today.

Question: What is a laser and how does it work?

Answer: A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue.

Q: What are the benefits of using dental lasers?

A: By using lasers in lieu of traditional dental tools, dentists today may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia in some procedures, allowing the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience.Laser procedures can be more precise and can reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies, reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities and control bleeding during surgery.

Q: Are dental lasers safe?

A: If the dental laser is used according to accepted practices by a trained practitioner, then it is at least as safe as other dental instruments. However, just as you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun, when your dentist performs a laser procedure, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser.

Q: How can I be sure my dentist is properly trained to use a laser?

A: Ask your dentist questions about the extent of his or her laser education and training. Make sure that your dentist has participated in educational courses and received training by the manufacturer of the specific laser used in his or her practice. Many dental schools, dental associations and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) offer dental laser education and serves as the profession’s independent source for current dental laser education and credentialing.

To connect with Dr. Kashani, call (714) 486-0898, stop by his office at 20001 Beach Blvd. (at the corner of Beach and Adams) in Huntington Beach or visit www.seasidedentalcare.com

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