Dental Lasers Get Approval from 3 of 4 Dentists

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In this survey, three out of four dentists who have purchased a dental laser say they have been satisfied with it. Only 25% have been disappointed by the performance of their dental laser.

General dentists were more likely to be satisfied with their laser purchases (75%) than were specialists (67%).


Lasers can be used on more than just teeth and gums; they can also be used for facial cosmetic treatments.

Of dentists who have a laser, half of them report that they offer such cosmetic skin services. The other half do not use their lasers in that manner.

Urban dentists in this survey were a lot more likely to be satisfied with their laser purchases than were their rural and suburban colleagues.

This may be because urban dentists are far more likely to use their lasers for facial/cosmetic purposes.

Two of three urban dentists use their lasers for facial treatments. One out of two suburban dentists do. Only one in three rural dentists does.

There are better options than lasers

  • "Lasers are good for soft tissue, but I use radiosurgery for my soft tissue procedures at one-tenth the cost. And I can’t charge any more for the procedure if I use a laser!" (New York dentist)
  • “I believe that electrosurgery is a very viable instrument and is far more cost effective that the laser and the hype that surrounds it.” (Pennsylvania prosthodontist)
  • “I have no need for a laser. A scalpel and electrosurge work just great.” (California dental implantologist)

Lasers are the best

  • “I love it!!” (California dentist)
  • “Once you do laser dentistry, nothing else compares!” (California dentist)
  • “One of the best purchases ever for an orthodontist.” (Michigan orthodontist)

Lasers aren’t worth it

  • “Overrated and too costly….” (California dentist)
  • “More B.S. sold to us.” (New Jersey dentist)
  • “Not the cost benefit I thought I’d get. Very high maintenance costs.” (Wisconsin dentist)

Periodontics & dental lasers

  • "If lasers are so ‘in vogue’ in periodontics, why is it dentists, not periodontists, who are buying lasers?” (Florida dentist)
  • "I’m a periodontist. I used Er/YAG and diode lasers extensively in my practice for about 7 years treating hundreds of patients. My conclusions are that laser therapy conducted in conjunction with scaling and root planing gave no better results than S&RP alone in the long term (two years or greater). I've also performed lots of frenectomies/vestibuloplasties with lasers and by scalpel. Scalpel procedures heal faster with less discomfort than lasers." (New York periodontist)

I want to know more

  • “I would like to purchase one for cosmetic/facial purposes too. Especially hair removal.” (Minnesota dentist)
  • “I'd like to know more about what a dental laser can do to help my practice in any way.” (Michigan dentist)
  • "I am looking for Laser RDH Course.” (Canada hygienist)

Other laser issues

  • “I'm waiting for more help from my Biolase rep to get more use and efficient cutting.” (Michigan dentist)
  • “More states need to allow dental hygienists to use lasers for disinfecting pockets.” (Tennessee dentist)


Note: Survey sample included 92 respondents.

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