Laser use is a cutting edge technology employed in our practice to better serve our patients. Dr. Owens uses a carbon dioxide laser designed for use on soft tissue to better treat his patients. This laser can be used to recontour or reshape the gum tissue, to enhance the smile appearance by correcting the tooth to gum ratio. Overgrowth of gum tissue from medication use can cause movement of the teeth and promote plaque buildup and cavity formation. This overgrowth is easily removed with a soft tissue laser. Cold sores and ulcerations can be treated, easing pain and enhancing healing. The laser can also be used to kill bacteria in deep pockets and promote healing of periodontal disease. Muscle and tissue attachments called frenums can also be removed in necessary situations. Frenums that are attached too closely to teeth can cause recession of gum tissue exposing roots of teeth and spacing of teeth. Frenums under the tongue, placed to closely to the tip can cause “tongue-tying.”
Benefits of Laser use:
- Less Pain
- Reduced risk of infection. The laser beam kills bacteria in its path, producing a sanitizing effect.
- Less bleeding. The laser beam seals capillaries and small blood vessels as it "cuts" the tissue resulting in a much drier and clearer surgical site and may also reduce the need for sutures, bandaging, and other after-care measures.
- Quicker recovery time
- Reduction of procedure time
- The laser seals lymphatics and nerve endings as it cuts, resulting in less edema and pain that leads to a more comfortable post-operative recovery.
- Increased surgical capabilities
- Pinpoint accuracy and control Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less swelling, and less pain often allow the patient a more rapid return to normal activities. Click here for more information.