Lasers are finding their way into much of our daily life. Dentistry is no different. Drs. Gill and Kenson use lasers for treatment of gum disease and other soft tissue concerns. As the technology continues to improve, we may one day include hard tissue lasers to accompany our current soft tissue lasers.
What is laser dentistry?
Drs. Gill and Kenson use the diode laser in combination with traditional practices to improve their treatment of periodontitis (gum disease) and other soft tissue work. The diode laser has a wavelength ideally suited for soft tissue procedures because it is absorbable by water and hemoglobin (the oxygenating protein in blood). This gives the diode laser the ability to precisely cut, coagulate, ablate, or vaporize targeted soft tissue.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
These are the advantages of using lasers for soft tissue work:
- Procedures often don’t require sutures, as the laser energy instantly closes the incision.
- Certain procedures don’t require anesthesia.
- Minimizes bleeding; the laser energy instantly closes blood vessels.
- The laser instantly kills bacteria, sterilizing the treatment area.
- Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
- Wounds heal faster.
- Tissues regenerate more efficiently.
Where do you use laser dentistry?
We use our diode lasers for two gum treatments: periodontal disease and gum recontouring.
Periodontal disease — We use lasers for a variety of areas in the treatment of gum disease: 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 enhance reattachment of the gums to the tooth root.
When cleaning periodontal pockets, the laser vaporizes infected tissue, disinfecting the area and activating tissue re-growth at the same time. The laser energy penetrates the soft tissues while instantly sealing blood vessels and nerve endings. This benefit makes for much less, if any, postoperative pain with some of these treatments. It also encourages faster healing than traditional methods.
Gum recontouring — We use lasers to address gummy smiles, to create a more symmetrical gum line, and to prepare the gum line when putting a crown on a tooth.
Would laser dentistry work for me?
If you’re having issues with your gums, whether it involves gum disease or you simply want to address a gummy smile, we believe anyone is a great candidate for our soft tissue laser methods. The advantages of the laser, from its disinfecting qualities to less bleeding and pain, should be available to everyone. There really isn’t a downside when compared with traditional root planing, scaling, and gum recontouring techniques.
Schedule a Consultation
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill and Dr. Kenson, call (303) 277-9600 today.