The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted initial marketing clearance for soft tissue surgery in 1991. Since then, lasers have become an integral part of many common dental procedures.
Dental laser usage generally falls into one of the following three categories:
- Disease Diagnosis
- Soft Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to lips, gums, or the tongue
- Hard Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to bone, dentin, or enamel
As science and technology grows more advanced, laser dentistry continues to evolve and expand into new areas of dentistry. Recent authorizations for lasers in dental treatments include bone re-contouring in the jaws and teeth as well as disease detection in tissues.