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Soft Tissue Laser.
Soft Tissue Laser — So Many Possibilities
Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
Here are some of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:
- Soft tissue lasers seal tissue as it treats it. Often, procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers do not require sutures (stitches).
- Completely comfortable, many laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
- Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding. The high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss and promoting quick healing.
- Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
- Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
- Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
When Are Soft Tissue Lasers Used?
- Crown Lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue (soft tissue laser) and bone (hard tissue laser) to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
- Gummy Smile: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
- Muscle Attachment (Frenula): A laser frenectomy is an ideal 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.
- Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.
- Periodontal treatment: Soft tissue lasers remove damaged gum tissue, kill bacteria, and promote gum reattachment to tooth root.
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore): Lasers can immediately alleviate the discomfort associated with ulcers.