Although lasers have invaded just about all facets of our lives — everything from your rangefinder on the golf course to the scanner at the grocery store to your cat’s pointer toy — most people don’t think of them in the dentist’s office. But at Prosthodontics of New York, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of the latest technology in the dental world, from CEREC same-day crown systems to digital intraoral cameras to CAT scans for placing dental implants. Including soft-tissue lasers in our practice is just one of the latest additions.
Lasers have a growing role in dental care, as they provide excellent results and reduce patient discomfort. What’s not to like about that?
Lasers and gums
Lasers first came into the dental industry for treating various gum issues. They are very precise, and they cause less bleeding because they cauterize the blood vessels while trimming the gums.
- Periodontal disease — We use lasers for root planing and scaling, the removal of bacteria and infected tissue from periodontal pockets, surgical reshaping of the gums to reduce the size and depth of periodontal pockets, and to promote reattachment of the gum to the tooth root.
- Gum recontouring — We use lasers to fix gummy smiles, to create a more symmetrical gum line, and to prepare the gum line for a crown. These are some of the benefits to using lasers in gum treatment:
- Less bleeding and swelling
- Less pain
- Quicker healing
- Reduced infection risk
- Ability to work on multiple areas of the mouth in a single session
- Greater precision in tissue removal