Dr. Lisa Tam and Associates

General and Cosmetic Dentistry


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Suite 1102, 77 Bloor St. W.
Toronto ON M5S 1M2
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We are certified to offer laser dentistry.

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures.

Laser procedures allow patients to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience, as dentists may not need to use a drill or administer anaesthesia. Lasers procedures can be more precise and these typically have reduced symptoms and shorter healing times than those for traditional therapies. Laser procedures, for example, can help reduce the amount the of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities. These can also help control bleeding during surgery.


If the dental laser is used according to accepted practices by a trained practitioner, then it is at least as safe as other dental instruments. However, just as you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun, when your dentist performs a laser procedure, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser.


Dental lasers can:

  • correct speech problems caused by a tongue-tie, which prevents normal tongue movement;
  • uncover partially erupted wisdom teeth;
  • remove decay from a cavity and prepare the tooth for a new filling;
  • remove muscle pulls, as seen in orthodontic patients;
  • manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns;
  • remove swollen tissues caused by medications;
  • perform biopsy procedures;
  • remove inflamed gum tissues and reduce the amount of bacteria within a periodontal pocket;
  • remove or reshape excess gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures;
  • treat abscessed gums and infections in root canals;
  • reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores; and,
  • activate whitening chemicals that are used to lighten teeth.

Is it for me?

Although the laser is a very useful dental instrument, it is not appropriate for every dental procedure. Please call us for a free appointment to discuss if it is right for you.