Laser Dentistry-Is Your Dentist Using It?


I recently read a statistic that purports that only 6% of dentists are using Laser dentistry in their practice. This statistic was alarming to me because I see the benefits of these procedures every day in my practice and wonder why it is not used more frequently by my colleagues.

I wrote this article so that I could make people aware of the advantages of Laser dentistry. My goal is to help people to more clearly understand why it makes sense to work with a dentist who has invested their time and money to offer this specialty.

Laser dentistry is a precise and effective way to perform a number of dental procedures. As you can imagine from your knowledge of other types of lasers-the dental laser technology allows for treatment of a highly specific area of focus in the mouth preventing damage to the surrounding tissue.

If you are anxious about dental treatment we recommend that you consider working with a dentist that has incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practice. There are many benefits associated with laser dentistry. Here are just a few:

  • Bacterial infections are minimized due to the high-energy beam sterilizing the area being worked on.
  • Damage to any surrounding tissue is minimized.
  • Wounds heal more quickly, bleeding is minimized, and tissue regenerated.
  • Some procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require stitches.

After hearing about the many benefits of laser dentistry can you understand why I am so baffled that so many dentists have still not adopted this technology? If our ultimate goal is to provide the best, most comfortable, stress free, and time efficient service- why would we not take the time and make the investment in this new technology to improve patient care?

Holly Cloutier