Diode laser

Diode Laser

Conventional dental or gum surgery is often painful and requires a long recovery.

Diode lasers can be used in many procedures to reduce treatment times, improve precision, and lessen discomfort during recovery.

So what makes treatment with a diode laser such a good choice?

Diode laser

Laser Dentistry Offers a Wide Range of Benefits

Versatile Use

Diode lasers have many uses in dentistry. Your doctor can use this device to treat everything from canker sores and gum disease to stained or discolored teeth.

Highly Precise Treatment

Using a diode laser, your dentist can precisely target a problem area and vaporize it without affecting nearby tissue.

Fewer Side Effects

The heat produced by the laser during treatment simultaneously sterilizes and cauterizes the treatment area, minimizing bleeding and lowering the risk of infection.

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What Is a Diode Laser?

Also known as an injection laser, this device is a semiconductor which produces a controlled burst of energy. Diode lasers are small and operate at a much lower intensity than conventional lasers, making them easy to adapt to dentistry. This type of laser is used in a range of technologies, including fiber optic systems, CD and DVD players, laser printers, remote-control devices, and barcode readers. 

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The Details of Your Procedure Will Depend on the Condition Being Treated

Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.
Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.

Sedation

Your doctor will provide local anesthesia to help you stay comfortable. While most patients do not need sedation for laser procedures, you can discuss your options with your doctor.

Treatment

Procedures performed with dental lasers are very similar to traditional treatments. However, you won't experience the vibrations or discomfort associated with conventional tools.

Post-Op

Dental lasers cause much fewer post-operative symptoms. Bleeding and discomfort are significantly reduced making your recovery process easier.

When Performed by a Skilled Professional, Laser Dentistry Has High Success Rates

The Cost of Laser Dentistry Depends on the Type of Procedure

In many cases, treatment with a laser is more cost-effective because the procedures are more precise and can yield better results. However, some insurance plans do not cover the use of a diode laser for certain procedures. In addition, if you receive a cosmetic treatment with a laser, the cost will be greater.

When deciding whether to choose to use a diode laser during treatment, it is important to weigh the increased comfort and decreased complication risk with the cost. For example, using a laser may reduce the amount of sedation you need, saving you money on anesthesia fees. 

Anesthesia Fees Retreatment Insurance
Dental Laser Typically only local anesthesia Lower risk of complication Not always covered
Conventional Treatment May require additional sedation May require follow-up for complications Covered for medically necessary treatments

Contact a Doctor

Diode lasers offer a range of benefits over conventional surgical methods. To find out whether a laser can be used to improve your treatment experience, contact a doctor today.

Dr. Lunn

Chattanooga Family Dentistry

Dr. Andrew Lunn is a highly trained general, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentist who has completed hundreds of hours of training in order to provide his patients with the most advanced care. He is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Tennessee Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • Chattanooga Area Dental Association

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