A laser is a device that creates a beam of concentrated light. Lasers have a number of uses in different dental procedures. Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994. Gerald V. Hansen, DDS, is proud to use laser dentistry in Reno, Nevada.
Our dentist may use a laser to treat many dental issues. Lasers can be used to remove tooth decay when preparing for a dental filling. With composite fillings, lasers are also used to cure the filling. During root canal therapy, lasers are used to remove bacteria from the tooth. Lasers are used to treat gum disease. The laser reshapes gums that have become damaged because of gingivitis. As part of an oral cancer screening, lasers are used to remove a small piece of tissue so that it can be tested for cancer. Dr. Gerald Hansen may also use a laser to remove lesions in your mouth or relieve the pain of canker sores. During teeth whitening procedures, our dentist may use a laser to enhance or speed up the effects of the whitening product.
Lasers reduce pain and bleeding during dental procedures. They also often preserve more tooth structure when preparing for a filling. We welcome you to contact Hansen Cosmetic Family Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.