Lasers have been used in dentistry since the 1990’s. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that lasers provide safe and effective treatment of a wide range of applications. Lasers may be utilized in daily patient care for various types of periodontal therapy, removal of tooth decay and cavity preparation, and soft tissue applications like tissue re-contouring, crown and bridge procedures, some endodontic procedures, uncovering partially erupted teeth, release of a tongue tie, treating aphthous ulcers, canker sores and lesions associated with the herpes virus, and also to perform biopsy techniques. Lasers usually allow for bloodless surgical procedures and may destroy bacteria during tissue removal. For many patients lasers may reduce postoperative pain, swelling and the need for numerous postoperative appointments.
Since 2012 Dr Medvesky has employed the use of a soft tissue diode laser in the practice. She initially received training from the World Class Training Institute in October of 2012 and attained Standard Proficiency Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2013.
The Academy of Laser Dentistry is an international professional membership association of dental practitioners and supporting organizations dedicated to improving the health and well being of patients through the proper use of laser technology. The Academy actively supports education and research through its certification programs, publications, meetings and additional activities. The Academy fosters dialogue and seeks to build community among its members and dental organizations, educational institutions, researchers, industry representatives and others who share this mission. ALD was founded in 1993, with the merging of the International Academy of Laser Dentistry, the North American Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Laser Dentistry.