Laser dentistry has been approved by the FDA for several years now and it has provided us the capability to perform services of immense benefit to our patients.
The laser we use is considered to be a soft-tissue laser because of its low wavelength and frequency. It does not cut teeth, only tissue. Whatever a scalpel can do, a laser can do but often without the need of anesthesia and without bleeding! This is because the laser cauterizes as it cuts.
Some procedures our clinic can perform with the help of lasers include:
- treating a “gummy” smile
- crown lengthening due to inflamed or overgrown gums
- treating tongue-tiedness which cause speech problems
- treating gaps in front teeth caused by an enlarged frenulum
- remove soft tissue scars and folds from ill-fitting dentures
- removing benign tumors
- treating cold sores
- treating sleep apnea caused by tissue overgrowth
- gingival curettage to decontaminate pockets during a scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
As you can see, there are esthetic and functional purposes to laser dentistry. Below is an example of a gummy smile case fixed with a soft tissue laser to expose more of the teeth.