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Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990 and are used for a wide range of dental procedures. 

What is a laser and how does it work?

A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue.

How do we use lasers in our office?

  • Perform biopsy
  • Reduce the discomfort of canker
  • Reduce the duration of cold sores and to prevent cold sores from returning
  • Expose partially visible wisdom teeth
  • Remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement, cause spaces in-between teeth or cause gum recession – also known as a frenectomy
  • Remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications
  • Remove or reshape gum tissue

What are the benefits of using dental lasers?

  • Local anesthetic is not required for some procedures
  • Can be more precise
  • Faster treatment time which is especially beneficial when treating infants and children
  • Controls bleeding during surgeries or biopsy procedures
  • Reduces healing time and symptoms after some procedures

Are dental lasers safe?

Dental lasers are as safe as other dental instruments when used according to accepted practices by a trained practitioner. However, just as you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun, when your dentist performs a laser procedure, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser.

What laser do we have in the office?

We use a Light Scalpel CO2 laser which is an American-made laser in Bothell, Washington.  


Dr. Jenny Nguyen is laser certified and has received extensive training in laser dentistry.  She would be happy to discuss if this is a good option for your next dental procedure.