What is Laser dentistry?

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What is Laser dentistry?

For most people lasers used in health care can feel a bit scary and perhaps intimidating! What are they and how on earth can they be used? The combination of high tech and images of sci fi films don’t help with our understanding either. I hope this blog will dispel some of the myths and help my patients understand a little of why I love using lasers in dentistry.



The first ruby laser was developed in 1960 and this led to many more lasers being created. Research followed and it was shown that a laser could be used to cut the enamel of a tooth however initially the heat generated proved to be detrimental to the pulp of the tooth. Since then the dental laser has evolved into a highly developed tool, both for use on hard and soft tissues and has been fully approved for use in dentistry.


The equipment

At Twenty Twenty Dental in Salisbury, I use the Fotona LightWalker hard and soft tissue dental laser. This has multiple capabilities, is incredibly ergonomic, has an easy to use touch screen and interchangeable handpieces. This is the ultimate piece of dental equipment and I love using it as well as the amazing results I can achieve with it.


What can you do with a dental laser?

There is very little that can’t be done by this amazing machine .

  • Fillings – removal of decay – much more gentle on the tooth nerve and less risk of nerve damage and therefore subsequent need for root filings.
  • Effective treatment of periodontal disease – non surgical and surgical that can also stimulate regeneration of ligament and bone in some cases.
  • Treatment of aphthous mouth ulcers and herpes cold sores.
  • Root canal treatment using revolutionary laser SWEEPS to disinfect the root canals.
  • Non surgical crown lengthening – no need for scalpels and sutures.
  • Non surgical snoring treatments.
  • Treatment of tooth sensitivity
  • Frenectomy for the treatment of tongue and lip ties.
  • Treatment of TMJ pain.
  • Treatment of dental abscesses.
  • Removal of bone infections.
  • Treatment of erosive Lichen planus.
  • Liplase (lip plumping).
  • Surgical vestibuloplasty to improve denture fit.
  • Eyelase (tightening of sagging skin around the eyes).
  • Facial hair removal.
  • Depigmentation of the gums.
  • Non surgical and surgical treatment of peri-implantitis.
  • Tooth extractions – can be used to remove infected tissue and disinfect the bone without damage to the bone, and therefore promote more bone regeneration and faster recovery.
  • Treatment of facial pain.
  • Non invasive removal of ceramic veneers and ceramic crowns without damage to the underlying tooth structure.
  • Facial and neck tightening and skin rejuvenation.
  • Laser treatment of facial wrinkles.


What are the benefits of using a dental laser?

  • No vibration – less unpleasant for our patients and no micro cracks which can lead to later tooth fracture.
  • Less trauma.
  • Faster healing.
  • Disinfection – less need for antibiotics.
  • Superior disinfection of root canals compared to conventional treatment.
  • Less collateral damage to the tooth when removing decay, thus a reduced risk of nerve damage.
  • Sedates the nerve so less need for local injections – ideal for children and phobic patients.
  • Some procedures are quicker and less invasive – especially surgical.
  • Better treatment outcomes.
  • Biostimulatory – stimulates and accelerates cell healing, anti-inflammatory effect and reduces pain.
  • Minimally invasive.


When you attend for a consultation I will spend time discussing your treatment options and will discuss using the laser if that is an option. You can see though. that it has many uses and is an exciting addition to our dental practice.

I look forward to meeting you and telling you more.

Dr Lindsey Whitfield


1 Comment
  • Karl leaper
    Posted at 21:47h, 23 November Reply

    Does laser treatment include tooth extractions? I have a tooth that has about half broken off and advised nlby dentist has start of an infection under. I can bear the thought of pulling it out! I live near Salisbury.

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