Dental lasers are a tremendous asset in soft tissue surgeries, including gingivectomy/gingivoplasty, frenectomy, soft tissue biopsies, gingival sculpting associated with periodontal plastic surgical procedures because of their proven hemostatic effect. Additionally, they have been used successfully in treatment of drug-induced gingival overgrowth either alone or in conjunction with conventional surgery. There is also preliminary evidence that lasers may be useful for treatment of dentinal hypersensitivity, but this requires further investigation. Many manufacturers of dental lasers and practice consultants try to push their products by claiming that laser curettage will produce a sterile field thereby eliminating periodontal pockets and that the procedure is virtually painless. To this day there are no research studies or FDA statements that have permitted anyone to state that dental lasers can sterilize the field or that laser treatment is painless.
Dr Barasz uses the laser ONLY for approved and clinically proven procedures. When used correctly, the laser definitely is a great adjuntive treatment in our office.
See the following link from the American Academy of Periodontology on this topic: