Soft Tissue Laser
Soft tissue lasers are a fascinating new technology available at Marion Dental Associates. This laser offers several advantages in procedures where traditionally a scalpel might be used, mainly to trim gum tissue around teeth. It is an accurate and gentle alternative. Often no anesthesia is needed, usually there is no bleeding, sutures (stitches) are rarely required, and the laser decreases post-operative pain by sealing nerve endings. In addition, a soft tissue laser has a natural sterilization effect-it vaporizes bacteria, viruses and fungi, which leads to a decrease in local infections. Because of this, damage to surrounding tissue is minimized and wounds typically heal faster.
Uses for the soft tissue laser include:
- Reshaping gum tissue to provide a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations, sometimes referred to as “crown lengthening”.
- Reshapeing gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a “gummy smile”.
- The painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.
- Biopsy of small growths or lesions in the mouth without surgery
- Cleaning out bacteria in periodontal pockets
- Removing cold sores with reduce pain and minimum healing time.
- A procedure called a laser frenectomy, a treatment option for children who are tongue tied (restricted or tight frenulum) and babies unable to breast feed adequately due to limited tongue movement. A laser frenectomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.
- Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
- Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels.
- Regenerate damaged nerves, blood vessels and scars.
- Speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening.