Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments in Periodontics, including soft tissue shaping and removal.
Dr Israel has been using lasers in his specialty practice since 1990. The laser reduces bleeding, anxiety and post-treatment recovery times. The beauty of lasers is that they damage far less of the surrounding tissue than traditional techniques – which means less discomfort and pain for the patient.
Here are some of the other benefits associated with laser surgery:
Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
- Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
Reduced need for anesthesia.
Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.
How can laser treatment help me?
Lasers are incredibly versatile and play an important role in a growing number of common surgical procedures. Here are some of the ways that dental lasers can be used:
Reshaping soft tissue – Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
Frenectomy – Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue, and in removing frenulums for closure of spaces between the front teeth.
Tumor removal – When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing pain.
Biopsy – Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.
Exposure of tissue impacted teeth- the laser can expose teeth in children to allow bracket placement in orthodontic treatment.
How are laser procedures performed?
Different types of dental lasers have been created to treat different conditions. Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use. The most common types of dental laser are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems.
The laser procedure will take far less time than conventional methods, and cause far less anxiety and discomfort. If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please contact our office.