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Lasers in dentistry
 
Recently we have seen an increased number of questions about lasers in dentistry. Lasers have been on the margins of dental practice for over four decades. A New York Times article stated "lasers work essentially by burning and thus are inappropriate in some applications -- routine dentistry, for one."
 
In January 2015, the respected publication "Clinicians Report" wrote up the results of tests on the four lasers being sold to dentists. The laser companies claimed that:

1. gums healed faster than with conventional deep cleaning
2. sterilized pockets
3. resolved bleeding 
4. could be used without freezing  
5. resulted in increased regeneration of bone loss. 
 
NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THE CLAIMS COULD BE CONFIRMED!
 
So, why do some dentists (about 2%) use them? We cannot answer that question. A while ago we did use one for about a month. We did more damage than good for our patients so we stopped.