Laser Dental Cleanings Show Benefits
Researchers from the New York Institute of Technology developed computer simulations showing that lasers can destroy the oral bacteria that cause gum disease and can lead to tooth loss. For the study, researchers produced simulations of three different types of lasers that are used in dentistry and examined the effects of the lasers on bacteria in gum models.
The simulations showed that the lasers were able to kill bacteria 3 mm deep in the gum tissue with no damage and only minor heating of the surrounding tissue. This treatment may improve dental health for some patients with infections.
Clinical trials to validate these findings are expected. It’s estimated that about 25 percent of dental offices in the U.S. have dental laser capability.
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