Dentistry has advanced tremendously over the past decades, benefiting patients and dentists. Laser is now a commonly used technology in clinical dentistry. It produces high-intensity light beams that can be focused into a small spot. It’s powerful enough to cut a diamond as well as delicate enough to reshape soft tissue.
There are two main types of lasers used in dentistry: hard tissue lasers and soft tissue lasers. Hard tissue lasers are used to shape or cut teeth and other hard tissues. Soft tissue lasers are used on gums and other soft tissues in the mouth.
Here are the types of dental lasers based on how the laser beam is generated:
Erbium lasers are hard tissue lasers used in dentistry. They come in two types based on the crystal and the wavelength: erbium YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) and erbium chromium YSGG (yttrium scandium gallium garnet).
These lasers vibrate or make noises like conventional dental tools. Moreover, patients won’t require heavy doses of anesthesia, enabling them to recover much faster.
CO2 lasers are good for removing soft tissue quickly. As these are expensive, they are not available in many dental clinics. Also, CO2 lasers are bulky and could damage hard tissues.
Diode lasers are soft tissue lasers that work similarly to laser pointers. As these lasers are inexpensive and compact, most clinics prefer this. Diode lasers are used for teeth whitening, removing or reshaping gum tissues, making dental impressions, and other similar dental procedures.
Hard tissue procedures done using dental lasers include:
Soft tissue procedures done with the help of dental lasers include:
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