Dental diode lasers, sometimes called soft-tissue lasers, are ideal for procedures that involve cutting or contouring oral soft tissues. As a clinical tool, diode lasers offer a wide range of clinical treatment possibilities as they are capable of creating precision cuts while also eliminating bleeding at the site and reducing the healing time for the patient.
For the treatment of soft tissue problems, lasers have many advantages. They are minimally invasive tools that generally involve taking away less tissue than conventional methods. Used in gum surgery, for example, lasers can treat gum disease by killing harmful bacteria deep in pockets below the gum line, and removing the diseased tissue without harming the healthy tissue. They can also remove the thin layer of cells that inhibits reattachment of the gum and bone tissues to the tooth, while sealing off the adjacent blood vessels. This type of procedure generally results in less bleeding and pain.
Lasers are also effective in treating:
- Expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures
- Remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures
- Remove overgrown gum tissues caused by certain medications
- Perform biopsy procedures
- Removes inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease
- Ulcers and cold sores on the lips or gums