What it is:
Lasers are used in several different ways in dentistry. The unique way they work allows many procedures to be done with precision. Lasers can be used for biopsies and other soft tissue procedures. Lasers can also be used on teeth to remove decay. It is especially effective on “deciduous” teeth of children and lesions around the gum line for adults. Laser re-contouring of the gum tissue overgrowth exposes the natural length of the teeth.
The Laser has also helped with periodontal disease. Laser treatments can help remove diseased tissue around a tooth or teeth and provide a clean surface for tissue reattachment. The main goal for the use of laser therapy in the patient with periodontal concerns is to reduce tissue pocket depth and reestablish a healthy bone and gum tissue connection.
Tissue trimmed by a laser has less damage and less bleeding which allows for quicker healing. The laser does not generate heat which is ideal for sculpting around an implant without compromise to its structure. Due to the properties of the Laser, there is often no need to numb the area that is being treated. In many cases, children do not need to receive a “shot” to numb the area. This reduction in anxiety for a child can have very positive and lasting benefits.
Things to Remember:
Laser treatment is not an option for all patients or in every situation, however, those that meet the specific criteria have a very positive outcome.