This is just the beginning of the vast numbers of procedures that can be done with a laser in dentistry. There are several types of lasers that are most commonly used in dentistry. Most common: ( ND/YAG, Erbium, CO2, Diodes)
Each laser has a specific wavelength that will target specific tissue including tooth structure, soft tissue, pigmentation, blood, and bacteria. It is important for the doctor and patient to know which laser to use to accomplish the goals of the dental procedure. In may cases, the dental laser will allow the body to heal quickly and produce the desired result.
Welcome to our Laser Gum Surgery in Dentistry discussion!
We welcome questions, comments, or anything to do with the use of various wavelength lasers in dentistry with an emphasis on gum ( periodontal) laser surgery for bone regeneration and the restoration of the supporting structures surrounding teeth and failing dental implants.
Many lasers are available in the dental arena including ND/YAG, Erbium, CO2, and diodes. Each laser has a purpose and "niche" in dental treatment. We will discuss "evidence based" studies that have been done and are in progress to save teeth and implants from gum disease. The primary protocol in use today is LANAP. ( Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure). This strict protocol is the best evidence based laser treatment we have available today. The studies have shown in human specimens under the microscope bone regeneration in comparison to traditional techniques. The use of LAPIP is also a technique to save failing implants. There are currently multi center human trials to compare LANAP to traditional modes of gum treatment. Plans are in the works for animal studies to evaluate the effect of the ND/YAG laser on failing dental implants and observing the results of the LAPIP protocol to establish bone regeneration under a microscope histologically in comparison to traditional techniques.
The purpose of this discussion is to enhance the understanding of how dental lasers work, which laser is appropriate and safe to use in dentistry and confirm that the proper laser is being used for the intended "target" tissue.
I am looking forward to your questions, comments and contributions.
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