Minimally Invasive Gum Surgery
Laser gum surgery is a conservative procedure that causes less post-operative discomfort than conventional gum surgery. The laser not only removes infectious tissue, it also detoxifies the area for faster healing and optimum results. Our dentists can perform scaling and root planning with dental lasers to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line, and smooth the tooth’s root surface, making it more difficult for plaque to adhere.
Periodontal Pocket Reduction
Periodontal disease destroys the bone and gum tissue that fits around the teeth. With time, “pockets” can form around the teeth, where bacteria builds up and is almost impossible to clean on your own. Using dental lasers, our dentists are able to remove bacteria from the periodontal pocket and reduce its depth, preventing further damage. This is otherwise known as non-surgical treatment of gum disease.
Crown Lengthening / Cosmetic Gum Recontouring
Some people dislike what is referred to as a “gummy smile,” i.e., excessive gum tissue that covers a significant amount of tooth structure, upsetting the balance of the smile. Our dentists can use dental lasers to reshape the gum tissue and bone to expose more of the solid tooth structure — without the need for needles, blades or sutures. This procedure — known as dental crown lengthening — not only improves the appearance of the smile but can also be helpful when placing dental restorations such as fillings and crowns. Gum recontouring is sometimes combined with dental implants or Teeth in a Day procedures to ensure the desired results are achieved.