Soft Tissue Diode Laser
In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices, making treatments more precise and less painful. This newer style of dentistry utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.
Dental lasers are known to allow dentists to clear out bacteria non-invasively and precisely in order to eliminate excess soft tissue, without the need for a scalpel or sutures. Traditionally, these soft tissue procedures would cause patients major dental anxiety, but now patients hardly notice the difference between these laser procedures and a teeth cleaning
Laser Bacterial Reduction
During this procedure, the laser probe is run down the tooth pockets where bacteria reside. The laser kills all the bacteria sitting in deep pockets and helps rejuvenate the area as well as stimulates the growth of new tissue.
Laser Curettage is performed on patients with moderate to aggressive periodontal disease. These patients usually suffer from mild to moderate bone loss along with deep tooth pockets. Laser curettage is done along with scaling and root planning. With this laser diseased, unhealthy lining of the gums, which are irritated by the underlying bacteria, tartar and calculus. The laser kills all the bacteria sitting in the deep pockets and in the lining of the gums. During laser curettage treatment, our soft tissue dental lasers can biostimulate tissue. Via Biostimulation, the laser encourages oral tissue to regenerate new collagen tissue and, to some extent, bone as well.
Here are some of the other benefits associated with laser dentistry:
- Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
- Preservation of more of the natural tooth.
- 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 dentistry help me?
Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures. Though laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventative purposes.
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.
- 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.
- Whitening – Lasers can greatly expedite the tooth whitening process by increasing the activity of the particles in the peroxide bleaching solution.
- 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.