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CUT OFF DATE: March 5,2018
CONTACT: Sara Burton
Advancing Dentistry with Innovative Techniques
HOUSTON, TEXAS (March 1, 2018) – The use of laser in dentistry was first introduced by Miaman in 1960, but has seen an increase in research studies on its practical applications within the last two decades. It can be used on both hard tissue procedures such as caries prevention, bleaching, restorative removal and curing, cavity preparation, dentinal hypersensitivity, growth modulation and for diagnostic purposes. It can also be applied in soft tissue procedures like wound healing, removal of hyperplastic tissue to uncovering of impacted or partially erupted tooth, photodynamic therapy for malignancies, and photo stimulation of herpetic lesions.
Within recent years, the use of laser in dental hygiene procedures has also increased, with the number of hygienists using the technology nearly doubling since 2008. Most commonly, laser technology is used by hygienists in conjunction with SRP procedures. According to Lisa Dowst-Mayo, a RDH practicing in Texas), the benefits of utilizing laser technology within her practice has have been immense.
I noticed a decrease in postop discomfort following my scaling and root planing as well as better bleeding indices, improved tissue color/contour changes, and reattachment occurring at a faster rate than when I was doing traditional SRP with no laser integration. (2012)
Laser technology has many evident benefits within the scope of modern dentistry, and has obtained FDA approval, but has yet to be given the seal of approval from the American Dental Association. However, there is still hope, as the ADA stated that they are “cautiously optimistic about the role of laser technology in the field of dentistry”. (WebMD Medical Reference, 2018).
At the office of Anna M. Munne, DDS, PA and Associates, lasers are widely used for Periodontal surgery, Frenectomies in children, various types of Gingivectomies including exposure of teeth for patients with a gummy smile, Osseous surgery, and Dental Implants, amongst others.
Dr. Munne stated, “The use of laser technology is still in its infancy. We are using laser Biostimulation after surgical procedures to reduce pain and swelling, but we also use it in other applications as reduction of inflammation for Mucogingival diseases, etc. The use of Biostimulation has also been extended to orthopedic surgery, trauma cases, and many other medical procedures.”
Dr. Munne went on to suggest that more powerful laser equipment will probably be used in the future for Biostimulation, as many research protocols are currently suggesting.