Lasers are becoming more common in general dentistry. Lasers sterilize and cauterize tissue. This reduces bleeding, pain, and the risk of infection. It also eliminates the need for stitches. That is another reason patients heal faster with laser therapy
Benefits of using laser dentistry over other methods
• There is potentially a decreased need for sutures with soft tissue lasers.
• Bleeding is minimized in treated soft tissues, as the laser promotes blood clotting.
• With some procedures, anesthesia is unnecessary.
• The chance for bacterial infections is lower because the laser sterilizes the area.
• Wounds can heal faster, and it’s possible for tissue to regenerate.
• The procedures may involve less damage to the surrounding tissues.
Common soft tissue procedures include:
-Treating a “gummy smile.” Lasers are used to reshape gum tissue associated with “gummy smile,” in which the gums’ length covers much of the tooth.
-Crown lengthening. This procedure reshapes both gum tissue and bone for healthier tooth structure, which helps with placing restorations on the teeth.
-Treating tongue frenulum attachment. Those with a thick or tight frenulum (the fold of skin under the front part of tongue that anchors to the mouth floor) may benefit from a laser frenectomy. This treatment helps children whose restricted frenulum causes them to be tongue-tied, have difficulty breastfeeding, or have a speech impediment.
-Removing soft tissue folds. Lasers can remove soft tissue folds from ill-fitting dentures without pain or sutures.
If you require laser therapy, then give us a call. We will schedule your appointment and determine if you will benefit from our laser treatments. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have.