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Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Dentistry

Can anyone receive laser therapy?

Yes, anyone can receive laser therapy. It is also suitable for patients who are advised not to undergo anesthesia due to previous illnesses. Oral surgery using a laser usually involves considerably less bleeding, so it is suitable for patients who take blood-thinning drugs.

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Are there any risks involved in laser therapy?

No, laser surgery involves very few risks. Because the laser can treat the affected area with a high degree of accuracy, there is minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. Most of the laser beam’s energy is concentrated on the area requiring treatment. With laser therapy there are usually no long-term effects, as can sometimes happen with X-ray examinations, for example. This has been established over almost 30 years of clinical experience. During laser treatment, the patient and dentist both wear special glasses to protect the eyes.

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Laser therapy is 'virtually pain-free' - what does this mean?

Everyone’s pain threshold is slightly different. This pain-free or virtually pain-free experience means that many patients decide not to have anesthesia during subsequent sessions. Small surgical interventions often involve little or no pain; with larger incisions, a simple local anesthetic is often enough. back to top »

What is laser therapy used for?

Laser therapy offers many advantages in surgery, periodontics, root therapy and pain therapy. In surgery, a laser beam is used instead of a scalpel to make an incision in the gum. This procedure usually causes no bleeding and is much less painful, or even completely pain-free. So you may not require anesthetic at all and you are only left with a micro-scar that is not at all unsightly. Clinical studies have shown that when a laser is used in root therapy, the teeth remain firmly anchored for longer. Soft lasers can be used to treat aphthae, herpes labialis, canker sore and cold sores. The laser can also eliminate a tongue-tied child or a “gummy” smile, used to take soft-tissue biopsies. back to top »

Who pays for laser therapy?

Most insurance companies will only cover part of the cost for laser treatment, if at all. Please check with your dentist before committing yourself to a course of treatment. back to top »

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