Laser phototherapy (LPT)

Laser therapy has been used in the field of dentistry since nearly its inception due to its high level of accuracy, precision, and low rate of clinical complications. LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation and is a device that generates electromagnetic radiation that is uniform in polarization, phase, and wavelength. There are several different types of lasers, including surgical lasers, therapeutic lasers, and high or low powered lasers. Evidence suggests that therapeutic lasers and low powered lasers have anti-inflammatory, bio-stimulatory, and analgesic effects on living tissue. Dentists today are increasingly choosing to offer laser dentistry at their practices to meet consumer demand. Laser-assisted dental procedures can include laser suturing, cauterization, decontamination of bacteria-filled periodontal pockets and root systems, PDL regeneration, bone repair and remodeling, and healing stimulation. Often, the use of a laser during a dental procedure will eliminate the need for anesthesia or strong pain medication.