The types of hazards that are encountered within The clinical practice of dentistry are as follows:

  1. Ocular hazard
  2. Tissue damage
  3. Respiratory hazards
  4. Fire and explosion
  5. Electrical shock 

Methods to Control Laser Hazards

These control methods are divided into three areas:

  1. Administrative controls (signs, labels,    procedures etc.)
  2. Engineering controls (barriers, beam blocks, interlocks, etc.)
  3. Personal protective equipment (laser protective eyewear, skin covering, etc.)


Lasers have many uses in dentistry. Laser advantages such as no blood loss operative and post operative course, no suturing usually required, minimal to absent post operative pain and high patient acceptance helps to make lasers a highly advantageous alternative to conventional treatment modalities such as the scalpel or electro-surgery. Some of the newest still ongoing research deals with the use of dental laser for guided tissue healing.


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