Lasers have revolutionized medicine and now they’re beginning to blaze a new trail in dentistry
The best way to predict the future is to create it and lasers are beginning to offer some interesting alternatives in dentistry. Lasers constitute “cutting-edge” technology which can be used to help detect dental disease in its earliest stages, find tumors and perform both surgical and non-surgical procedures on the soft tissues of the mouth. And they do it with less pain and bleeding. They can even prepare small cavities for fillings by vaporizing decay often without a shot of anesthesia (numbing the teeth), or a drill.
Since May 1960 when Theodore Maiman demonstrated the first working laser at Hughes Research Laboratories, laser technology has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry. Lasers now affect everyday life and are in widespread use: in optical storage devices (which store computer data); spectrometers (which by color analysis detect and identify even the tiniest particles from tumors to explosives); CD and DVD players in personal computers and even bar code readers in your supermarket use laser technology. Lasers are used industrially for steel cutting; by the military for target identification and illumination for weapons delivery. And of course lasers today are used extensively in medicine for ophthalmology (eyes), internal surgery, dermatology (skin) and oral health to name but a few applications… Read more – Read Full Article in our library…
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