Laser Essay

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While not a common piece of equipment found in dental offices, lasers have been around since 1990, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. But because this technology touts precision accuracy and less pain, more dentists are now investing in laser equipment and using it along with their more conventional dental tools. However, before opting for dental laser treatment, you probably should know a tad more about it. What Is a Laser? If you are someone who likes to know the words behind an acronym, laser stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser instruments emit a thin, concentrated beam of light energy. Light is calculated in wavelengths and each wavelength generates an individual thermal output, making…show more content…
Bacteria are reduced at the surgical site because the light beam sterilizes the area, limiting the chance of infection. Are Lasers Safe? All lasers sold in the United States have been approved by the Federal Drug Administration based on data supporting the effectiveness and safety of each laser system. And the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs takes the position that dentists need training on the use of the specific dental laser device that they are planning to use, and to only use it in the “licensed scope of practice, training and experience.” Dentists can be trained by the manufacturer, professional organizations and dental schools. So if you are contemplating laser treatment, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about the training he or she has attended. Another safety concern is protecting your eyes from the laser beam. Your dentist should always give you a pair of special glasses to wear during the procedure. The Jury is Still Out The high cost of laser equipment and the limited number of procedures that can be performed with each device keeps many dentists from buying dental lasers for their offices. Yet others, who have invested, swear by the safety and effectiveness. However, the American Academy of Periodontology says that at this time there isn’t enough evidence to conclude that there is any laser wavelength that is better than the traditional treatments for periodontal disease. And that tissue damage
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