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Fire the laser!

laser dentistry methuen maAre you familiar with the Austin Powers movies and their comedic characters such as Dr. Evil and Frau Farbissina? Both seemed to have an exaggerated love for lasers as weapons to be used in various plots to take over the world. In fact, clips of the Frau screaming, “Fire the lasers!” are still popular on YouTube, some 18 years after the first Austin Powers movie was released. Today, as we know, lasers are not just a product of science fiction – or comedy!

Over the last 55 years or so, the development of lasers has evolved to the point where many of their uses are common knowledge to most of us.

Do you know your basic laser facts?

  1. The word is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
  2. All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light
  3. The basis for lasers dates back to 1917 when Albert Einstein first explained the theory of stimulated emission
  4. In the 1940s and 50s, scientists and engineers came up with a practical device based on Einstein’s theory
  5. By the 1960s, most of the practical applications for lasers in defense and industry were identified

Here’s what you should know about the use of lasers at the dentist

They have been approved by the FDA for use in dentistry since the 1980s. Lasers can treat many dental issues, and we use them at Kalil Dental Associates with great success, often in combination with traditional treatments.

Perhaps an unintended but valuable benefit of laser dentistry is for patients with dental anxiety. Lasers emit no loud drilling noise when used for removing tooth decay, preparing teeth for fillings and other procedure, making the time in the chair less stressful.

Lasers aren’t the solution for every dental issue

We use lasers for everything from gum surgery and recontouring to oral surgery and teeth whitening. We use them where appropriate and where they can deliver the best results for our patients. To find out if should “fire the laser” for you, call us today: In Windham NH, call 603-434-0090; in Methuen MA, call 978-688-1895.