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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted lasers initial marketing clearance for soft tissue procedures in 1991 and since then, lasers have become an important part of many dental procedures. Dental laser usage in Racine, WI by Dr. Robert Becker typically falls into one of the following three categories:
• Disease Diagnosis
• Soft Tissue Procedures
• Hard Tissue Procedures
Since its debut in 1960, laser technology has become an important part of products and services that affect our daily lives. Medical professionals use lasers to perform a variety of treatments and procedures in the fields of dentistry, dermatology, and ophthalmology.
The term ‘laser’ is actually an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation,” and unlike sunlight which separates into different colors through a prism, lasers are a continuum of a single wavelength of color.
Medical laser devices are comprised of several components and these work together to transport light energy to the source. They are designed to treat or remove human tissue and are used to perform a variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted lasers marketing clearance for soft tissue surgery in 1991 and lasers have since become a part of many dental procedures. They are used to perform:
• Disease Diagnosis
• Soft Tissue Procedures - treatments for the gums, lips, and tongue
• Hard Tissue Procedures - treatments for the bone, dentin, and enamel
The field of laser dentistry continues to expand into other areas of dentistry and lasers are also used to perform restorative and cosmetic dental services.
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) works to vaporize bacteria and get rid of infected tissue. We can treat patients with periodontitis in Racine, WI in one to two visits and the laser is precise enough to treat the infection without damaging healthy tissue. Before LANAP®, periodontists were only able to perform gum surgery with a scalpel which involved cutting the gum tissue to eradicate the infection.
Laser technology has revolutionized the way in which we treat periodontitis. For more information about the latest periodontitis treatments, schedule your consultation in Racine, WI with Dr. Hutton today!