Use of diode lasers in dentistry has grown in popularity over the years. When used by a properly trained and licensed dental professional and proper protocols are observed, the efficacy of diode laser used for many procedures is possible. It is important that specific protocols be followed when using the diode laser to ensure the safety of both patients and providers.
Laser diodes are the most common type of lasers produced, with a wide range of uses that include fibre optic communications, barcode readers, laser pointers, CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc reading/recording, laser printing, laser scanning and light beam illumination. The typical lifetime of laser diode modules are 25,000 to 50,000 hours. If the laser diode temperature continues to rise exceeding the maximum operating temperature, the diode can be catastrophically damaged or the long term performance may degrade significantly.