Laser dentistry provides us with the opportunity to ensure minimally invasive and virtually pain-free experiences for our patients, while improving the clinical outcomes of their procedures through precise, targeted treatment.
Gum disease is a progressive condition that affects the gums, teeth, and bone, causing irreversible damage if left untreated. Dental lasers used for gum disease treatment eradicate bacteria in the pockets around tooth roots and clear away plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth. The laser also cauterizes the area, minimizes bleeding and swelling during and after treatment, and accelerates healing time.
Excessive gum tissue covering over the front surface of teeth leads to a disproportionate tooth-to-gum ratio. Most commonly known as a “gummy” smile, this overgrowth of gum tissue can cause aesthetic and functional issues. A laser gingivectomy removes and recontours gums around the tooth crown to re-proportion the smile line or improve the health of the gums by reducing periodontal pocket depth.
The frenulum is a small fold of soft tissue that restricts the movement of the upper lip and the tongue. Sometimes, the frenulum is too restrictive, causing pain, tongue-tie and lip-tie, or a gap between the two front teeth. A laser frenectomy (for patients 6 years and older) uses the cauterizing power of a dental laser to gently vaporize the unwanted tissue to restore proper movement for the upper lip and tongue.
Cavities on primary teeth are just as important to treat as those on adult teeth. Using a dental laser to remove caries eliminates the need for loud, vibrating dental drills. By only targeting the source of decay, dental lasers help preserve natural tooth tissue, while providing quicker and virtually painless treatment. After caries removal, the dental laser is also used to sterilize the tooth before the filling is added.