Laser technology allows us to treat conditions in the mouth using light energy. The laser is very selective, penetrating to a specific depth in the particular kind of tissue we want to treat. The tissue absorbs the laser light, which agitates the molecules of the tissue, causing the tissue cells to gently break apart. This very precisely treats only the desired area, while leaving healthy gums, bone, and tooth structure untouched. The laser can be used to treat different kinds of oral tissues from soft tissues like gums to hard tissues like teeth and bone. We use lasers on soft tissues to reshape healthy gum tissues or remove diseased gums, decontaminate gum pockets that are infected with periodontal disease, and treat some sores in the mouth.
The Benefits of Lasers
- There are many benefits of lasers:
- They are much quieter than a dental drill, with no whining or vibrations.
- They are very precise, so there is minimal impact on oral tissues.
- They’re gentle and generally painless, so they often require little or no anesthesia.
- They can minimize bleeding and swelling, and speed the healing of gum tissues.
- They reduce the risk of infection by decontaminating the affected areas.