The implementation of laser therapy into the dental office has made many treatments more accessible, comfortable, and less invasive for dental patients. One of the biggest benefits of soft tissue laser therapy is that it can be completed very quickly with essentially no recovery time needed. The entire procedure is relatively painless and because the tissue is treated upon exposure, there’s no need for surgical dressings or sutures following the treatment.
Soft tissue lasers are ideal for treating areas with:
• Ulcers or cold sores
Just a few seconds of treatment with the soft tissue laser can eliminate discomfort and pain associated with ulcers and cold sores. Healing times are dramatically decreased.
• Periodontal disease
Laser periodontal therapy helps eliminate active infection, remove disease causing bacteria, and speed the recovery process following periodontal therapy techniques such as scaling and root planing (deep cleanings.)
• Irregular gum contours
Uneven gumlines can make teeth look shorter than normal, or give the appearance that a person’s smile is uneven. In the past, gum recontouring was done using surgical methods that required dressings and lengthy healing times. With soft tissue lasers, the tissue can be recontoured completely within just a few minutes. It’s practically pain-free and patients can go about their day as normal.
Soft tissue lasers are easy to implement into almost any dental treatment procedure. From non-surgical, preventive appointments to restorative or therapeutic procedures, the dental laser is transforming the way dental patients manage their oral health. If you’ve considered gum recontouring or managing troublesome cold sores with other methods, ask your dentist about how laser therapy can help you.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics
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