Lasers in Dentistry
Laser technology emerged in the 1960s and has since improved all kinds of products and services, including a variety of specialties in the medical field. Laser is used for dermatological procedures, internal surgery, and ophthalmology. It is also used in dentistry for treating periodontal disease and other conditions.
Treating periodontal disease with laser is safe, extremely effective and very gentle, which is why Dr. Darryl Field adopted the technology for his patients seeking laser gum surgery.
What is Laser Treatment?
The word laser means Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Unlike the rays of sun, which emit a range of differing wavelengths, the laser Dr. Field uses for treating periodontal disease has just one. Sunlight passing through a prism, for example, will display a rainbow of colors, but a laser has just one single beam of color.
How Laser Works in Medical Tools
When used in a variety of medical applications, including treating periodontal disease, laser depends on four components:
2. A mirror to recognize the laser and guide it to the target area
3. A semiconductor to produce wavelengths of light when stimulated
4. A fiber optic delivery system to transport laser light to the target area
Whether it is used of diagnostic purposes, treating periodontal disease or other conditions in the body, surgeons always employ these main components when treating and removing diseased tissue in the body.
Treating Periodontal Disease with Laser
The Food and Drug Administration cleared laser for soft tissue dental surgery in the early 1990s and is now considered a basic tool for delivering optimal outcomes with less pain and trauma. We use laser to diagnose disease, for soft tissue procedures on the lips, tongue and gums, and for hard tissue surgeries involving bone, enamel and dentin.
When treating periodontal disease in the moderate to severe stages, Dr. Field uses the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®). This state-of-the-art technology gives patients a safe and very effective alternative for treating periodontal disease.
Laser gum surgery with Dr. Field can take just one office visit. Call us today for a consultation.