Soft Tissue Laser
Since receiving approval for use in dentistry by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), dental diode lasers have grown in popularity among dentists, oral surgeons, and their patients. And no wonder, as laser treatment is faster, less invasive, and more comfortable than procedures using traditional scalpel blades. At Colorado Dental Arts, we’ve gained valuable experience using lasers in the treatment of soft tissue, and you can trust our family dentists to give you the best care possible using this advanced dental technology.
Laser Dental Treatment
We use laser dentistry for various procedures, including crown lengthening and the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. So how does it all work? Let’s take a closer look at just one procedure – using lasers to treat gum disease.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. It all starts with plaque, the sticky film on teeth that eventually hardens to form calculus or tartar. In time, tartar accumulates and collects even more bacteria that attacks the soft tissue surrounding the gums. (This is what we call gingivitis.) Left untreated, gingivitis escalates to periodontitis, and that’s when bacteria actually destroy the gums and supporting bone tissue. Large pockets begin to form, actually separating the gums from the teeth. Without intervention, periodontitis leads to tooth loss. So how can laser treatment help?
In order to repair the damage from gum disease, we must remove the infection and close up those pockets between the gums and teeth. Using a dental laser, we remove bacteria and diseased tissue by passing an extremely powerful and thin beam of light (about the thickness of three human hairs) between the gum and tooth.
After using small instruments to remove tartar from the root surface of the tooth, we direct the laser once again between the gum and tooth. This further reduces bacteria and stimulates your body’s existing cells to grow, even providing new root surfaces and connective tissue! This is all accomplished without a single incision. The infection is eliminated, the pockets are minimized and you don’t need any stitches or pain medication when the process is finished.
Benefits of Dental Laser Surgery
Laser surgery is an effective treatment which involves only minimal discomfort, and has many advantages over traditional procedures. The benefits of laser dental surgery include:
- Less pain than alternative procedures;
- Little to no bleeding;
- Less swelling;
- Reduced removal of tissue;
- Lowered risk of bacterial infection;
- Shorter recovery time.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of using lasers to treat dental problems, as well as more information about the treatments we provide here in our Littleton office, the team at Colorado Dental Arts is happy to answer your questions. We look forward to speaking with you!