Laser Treatment of Cavities and Soft Tissue

A laser can be used to perform various dental procedures involving hard and soft tissues in the mouth such as to treat cavities, for crown lengthening and for frenectomies, etc.   LASER stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” The instrument creates light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. This laser light produces a reaction when it hits tissue, allowing it to remove or shape the tissue.  Local anesthesia and traditional drills are often not needed with laser treatments. Lasers can kill bacteria in a cavity, which can aid in the long-term health of a tooth.