Lasers can replace drills for many dental procedures on the teeth and gums. The advantages are clear: the lasers do not cause heat, vibration or pressure the way that traditional drills do. This allows the dentist to perform treatment with less aggravation to surrounding tissue, which reduces healing time. The laser causes less pain than a drill, so fewer anesthetics are required, which may allow the dentist to perform a treatment in fewer visits.
Laser technology is also revolutionizing teeth whitening, accelerating the action of peroxide gels to achieve stunning results. In place of scalpels, lasers can be used to remove tumors painlessly, extract tissue precisely for biopsy, and perform frenectomy procedures to ‘untie tongues’ in babies, children and adults.