Soft Tissue Laser
What is a soft tissue laser?
Treating the soft tissue in your mouth is a lot more comfortable thanks to lasers. A laser uses energized light to precisly remove soft tissue. In soft tissue laser surgery, generic interaction of laser light with the soft tissue provides a special approach to surgery. A highly focused laser beam vaporizes the soft tissue. Lasers can make very small incisions when the beam is focused on the tissue. When the beam is defocused, the intensity of the laser light on the tissue diminishes, and it can be used for cauterization of small blood vessels and lymphatics, therefore decreases post-operative swellings. A laser beam has a natural sterilization effect, it evaporates bacteria, viruses and fungi, which leads to a decrease in local infections. Most important, the laser decreases post-operative pain by sealing nerve endings. The FDA says lasers are safe to use on everyone. Lasers can be a welcomed tool to help you get a bright, healthy smile.
What is a Soft Tissue Laser used for?
Lasers can be used for a number of procedures, including crown lengthening to improve your smile, sterilizing areas infected with bacteria, removing gum tissue without cutting, and removing cold sores and lesions with minimal negative effects.
Do I feel pain, and will I need to be numb?
The majority of patients report no pain. A few report mild discomfort. Anesthesia is not usually required but this varies from patient to patient.
What are the advantages of soft tissue laser?
- faster and more efficient in many cases
- essentially painless
- more sterile (laser tip sterilizes itself in operation)
- bloodless in most cases
- safer and less invasive
- precise and conserving of healthy tissue
- less painful post-operatively