Clinical Uses of the Erbium Laser

Dentistry has a new weapon in the fight against tooth decay. This “light saber” of dentistry is the Erbium laser. The dental laser is the latest in modern innovations for the 21st Century. The Erbium lasers have proven safe and effective for the removal of tooth decay and cavity preparation in addition to many soft tissue and hard tissue surgical procedures. The FDA has approved the Erbium laser for marketing in the United States as of 1997. The Erbium laser offers an alternative to the high-speed drill, eliminating fear and patient discomfort, for both adults and children. The laser is revolutionizing dental care-just as it has in so many other areas of our lives. With the Erbium laser, the dentist can provide a new method of dental care, which can often be performed, in many cases, without local anesthesia.

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Fred S. Margolis