The laser that we use in this clinic helps the dentists and the hygienists offer better quality treatments.  Depending on the device’s adjustment, the laser can offer an array of different services.  In hygiene, the laser will eliminate the bacteria at the bottom of a gum pocket that are resistant to other treatments (sub-gingival deep cleaning and scaling).  In surgery, the laser cauterizes, prevents bleeding and accelerates healing.  An unknown application of the laser device is its usage in the treatment of cold sores (oral herpes).  A patient that feels the first prickling or itch of oral herpes can immediately present himself at the clinic to receive laser treatment.  The laser stops the growth of the lesion and diminishes the virus in a way that the following episodes are lighter and more spaced out.  Eventually, after a few treatments, the episodes stop.