Myths, misunderstandings and allegations will be scraped away in this breakdown about the truths of CO2 lasers.
Why scraped? A CO2 laser is a soft-tissue laser that is used as an alternative to scalpels. These lasers are used to remove lesions inside the mouth and can be used for several types of oral surgeries.
True: CO2 Lasers Are Less Abrasive
Some of the best benefits of CO2 lasers are their precision with incisions and vaporization. They improve coagulation, which means less bleeding. Plus, its accuracy leads to minimal swelling and scarring.
True: Recovery Time is Shorter
Recovery after using a CO2 laser is faster and more comfortable when compared to a traditional scalpel. Because the laser is more accurate during the operation, there is less risk of post-procedural infection.
False: CO2 Lasers Damage the Root Surface
CO2 laser energy applied directly on the root surfaces actually increases the success of periodontal surgery. The laser encourages good cell attachment—but only when used properly. The precision of the laser means less disruption during surgery, resulting in a higher success rate.
While CO2 lasers have existed since the ’90s, they didn’t make their dental debut until recently. We prefer a laser to the scalpel any day!