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How it Works: Advanced Laser Dentistry in Elizabethtown, KY

Since the introduction of the first working laser technology in the 1960’s, lasers have become vital to many different aspects of modern life. In the dental and medical professions, lasers can be used for a variety of purposes including some surgeries and dental treatments. This is good news for patients with gum disease, as Dr. Robert Franklin can now use laser gum surgery to treat infected tissues without subjecting patients to unnecessary pain or discomfort. The following is a brief explanation of how advanced laser dentistry works.

How a Laser Works

The word “laser” is actually an acronym that means, “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Laser light is different from natural light in the way that it is composed. While sunlight is made up of several different wavelengths and colors, a laser light consists of only a single beam.

A professional dental laser is comprised of four important pieces:
  • • An electrical source
  • • A system of mirrors to help guide the light
  • • A semiconductor to emit light
  • • Fiber optics to transport the light
By using these components to create and manipulate a laser light, dental professionals can use this technology to treat or remove tissue that has been infected by gum disease.

Advanced Laser Dentistry

Since 1991, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared lasers for use in soft tissue surgery, the technology has become vital to many different procedures. Advanced laser dentistry generally falls into one of three categories:
  • • Diagnosing disease
  • • Treating soft tissues such as gums, lips, or the tongue
  • • Treating hard tissues such as bone or teeth
As the science and technology aspects continue to grow, advanced laser dentistry expands into new areas that include reshaping bone and detecting diseased tissue.

Laser Gum Surgery in Elizabethtown, KY

By using lasers to treat gum disease, Dr. Franklin can vaporize and remove bacteria that cause infection. After just a single treatment, up to 90 percent of bacteria and inflammation can be removed. For more information on advanced laser dentistry, contact Dr. Franklin today!

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Dr. Robert Franklin, a periodontist in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Dr. Franklin welcomes patients from Elizabethtown, KY; Radcliff, KY; Louisville, KY; Bardstown, KY; Bowling Green, KY; Campbellsville, KY; Lebanon, KY; and Springfield, KY as well as the surrounding areas. Our office offers advanced dental treatments including the LANAP Laser Treatment for periodontal disease, Pinhole Surgical Technique™ for gum recession, gum grafting, osseous surgery, and bone grafting. Call (270) 506-0708 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online!

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