The use of diode lasers in dentistry is an exciting debate. With this technology trying to revolutionize the industry, some dentists are all for it while others express nervousness. Diode lasers can be conveniently used for soft tissue procedures with accurate results. This technology creates a healthier approach to tissue management, reduce patient discomfort and decrease treatment time. But diode lasers are not a tool used by all dentists and is still working on gaining traction in the industry.
The diode laser stimulates the electron particles inside the atom with pulses of energy. With optical amplification, atoms are able to emit energy into light which is then controlled by the laser. Since lasers are a minimally invasive tool which cut, cauterize, coagulate and sterilize simultaneously, the production efficiency for soft tissue procedures is incredibly evident.
A surgery for gum contouring with a diode laser would result in less bleeding and pain for the patient since the laser vaporizes the soft tissue with precision as the underlying connective tissue simultaneously coagulates. Common procedures like gingivectomy or troughing not only become easier to perform but patient comfort and healing time increase greatly. This has not only benefited general dentistry, but can be a great asset to orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and more.
Laser advances have been attributed to a number of individuals; first to Albert Einstein in 1917 for the theory behind photoelectric amplification, and then Townes, Basov, and Prokhorov in 1964 for their work in the field of quantum electronics. Thanks to their efforts as well as many others, the medical industry as a whole is able to grow and provide the best care. What do you think the future of dentistry will look like?
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