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D. Increasing The Range Of Laser Surgery

Narrator: This is Science Today. You may have heard about those new laser dental drills, which actually cut through hard tissue more efficiently and less painfully. Well, UCLA School of Dentistry professor Roy Eversole says these new types of laser systems don't have to be limited to just teeth.

Eversole: It is very, very effective in cutting bone. We see that these systems have wide applicability in plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, podiatric surgery with a system that is number one, basically bloodless. It doesn't char. It doesn't burn, it doesn't heat up the tissue. It's very, very clean.

Narrator: Eversole says as a surgical device, using laser technology with hard tissue is minimally invasive and would probably minimize complications in wound healing.

Eversole: I think this new system, although it's first developed for dentistry, will become a very important surgical tool for really precise, little micro-surgical things in the medical fields.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.