Abstract: Purpose: This paper aims to overview the clinical and laboratory applications of lasers in particular to the field of prosthodontics.
Background: Over the years, dental profession has witnessed a wide array of changes with relentless technological innovations aimed at improving the standard of care for patients. The introduction of the lasers to the specialties of dentistry like prosthodontics, surgery, periodontics and endodontics has brought a revolution in the treatment delivery with increased precision of procedures and comfort for the patients. Early use of lasers was limited only to soft tissue procedures and was considered superior to the conventional scalpel surgeries. With the introduction of newer wavelengths and improvement of existing ones, use of lasers has extended to hard tissue procedures. This led to use of the novel technology for various clinical situations and laboratory procedures. At this juncture, it becomes imperative for general dental practioners and specialists to possess complete knowledge about the different laser systems, their usefulness and risks associated with the use of the technology.
Clinical relevance: The increasing use of lasers in dental practice makes it important to understand this technology, its uses and limitations.