Laser Removal of Excess Gingival (Gum) Tissue and Lesions
Surgical lasers have been used in dentistry for several years to remove excess gingival (gum) tissue and lesions. There are several advantages of removing this tissue by laser. These include less swelling after surgery, less pain from the tissue removal than conventional surgery, faster healing, and no scarring at the surgical site. The lack of scarring during healing gives the patient a better result than alternative methods.
The laser also seals the wound during tissue removal allowing the surgeon better visibility, no bleeding during surgery, and more control of the amount of tissue removal. The result is a more precise procedure with minimal after-effects.
Lasers have become the standard of care in medicine. Why don’t all dental surgeons use lasers?
Although lasers have been available to dental surgeons for over 20 years, they require additional training not provided in most graduate programs for dentistry and the equipment is very expensive. The doctors of North Texas Periodontics and Implantology have been pioneers in laser surgery for soft tissue procedures and have extensive experience in this field. They have written numerous articles for their profession on the benefits of laser surgery.
Diagnosis and treatment of non-plaque related gingival (gum) diseases, such as Lichen planus.
Assisting With Orthodontic Treatment
- Uncovering of impacted teeth to assist in tooth eruption
- Laser removal of abnormal attachments of the frenum (the fold that connects to the lip or tongue)
- Circumferential supracrestal fiberotomy (CSF) to aid in retention of teeth in their new position after orthodontics
- Gingival (gum) grafting to correct gum recession
- Esthetic crown lengthening to correct an uneven gumline or lengthen teeth that appear too short