The Latest Trailblazer in Dentistry—Lasers
No longer reserved for science-fiction movies, lasers have revolutionized medicine and are now blazing new trails in dentistry. Ever since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of lasers in dentistry in 1991 for soft tissue surgery, their acceptance and use continues to grow. Now lasers are used for disease diagnosis; soft tissue (gums, lips, and tongue) procedures such as biopsies, reshaping gums, and removal of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) lesions; and hard tissue (enamel, dentin, and bone) procedures such as decay removal and cavity preparation of enamel and dentin of the teeth. Learn more about this revolutionary tool in “Lasers Shine a Light on Dentistry.”
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