Benefits of Laser Surgery: A Myth?

People tend to want magic. Some verbal command, or a magic wand that can make everything better. We grow up hearing of fairy tales but eventually grow out of it...or not.

In my practice, I have realized we, as adults, are still looking for this magic to the dental chair.

Laser has been debated by many. Although widely used in medicine, it seems its evolution in dentistry is quite slow. There seems to be a bit of a lack of organized research despite the practitioners seeing positive results which have helped their patients throughout their practice. As a trained certified laser provider, I can tell you that laser is no magic wand. It is an instrument that allows the body to do what it normally does better, for better treatment outcome, and more patient comfort.

In my practice, I mainly use the soft tissue diode laser. I will list some simple but enormous benefits of this laser.

I don't see the need to undermine an instrument which helps my patients feel a lot less pain and experience better healing. Where is this controversy coming from then? Probably from blown up marketing and unrealistic expectations. Well, this is life, not just an issue in the field of laser dentistry.

Dr. Hyun S. Bang, D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery Loma Linda University 2008

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