Aphthous Ulcers “Cold Sores”-Laser Treatment of Soft Tissue

The use of Laser light in the Medical field has been documented since the 1970’s. The first Dental laser was designed in 1989 by American Dental Technologies. Laser light differs from ordinary light by two properties: (1) it is a single color light (monochromatic); and (2) the light waves themselves are identical in size and shape (coherent). This combination of monochromatic-coherent light produces a unique source of energy which can be focused and directed for specific purposes. When laser light interacts with tissue it causes a specific effect upon the tissue depending on the color, wavelength and intensity of the light. When the intensity is increased the laser can be used to cut soft tissue. At a lower intensity the Laser is able to destroy sporulating bacteria, certain virus and anaerobes on contact. Lasers are very precise, and when used correctly it can disinfect and detoxiy oral tissue. In our office we use a Diode laser the “DioLase ST” (Soft Tissue) by ADT (American Dental Technologies). A special license is required to apply laser to the face or oral cavity. Dr. Marcum and our Registered Dental Hygienist, Kristie both have their California Laser Certification and are very skilled in the use of our laser. ~Dr. Grant E. Marcum practices General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Paso Robles, CA ~ Questions Please call (805)238-1033

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