Laser Dentistry
What is laser therapy?
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy which is not visible to the human eye. When laser light comes into contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. Lasers have been safely used in dentistry since the 1990s – they are safe and effective for a wide range of applications. In our office, we routinely use a soft tissue for a variety of dental procedures.
Why do we use a laser for deep cleanings?
Gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss for adults, destroys gums and the bone that supports the teeth, potentially resulting in tooth loss. In our office, we use a soft tissue laser in conjunction with traditional methods to improve the health of your teeth and gums.

Soft tissue laser therapy presents many advantages. The laser disinfects the gum pocket, clearing out the disease-causing bacteria. The laser beam seals the blood vessels and nerve ending as it cuts away damaged tissue, so bleeding is minimal. Trauma is reduced, so most patients feel better and have less swelling or post-operative discomfort following treament.

What can laser therapy be used for?
  • Laser assisted periodontal therapy
  • Smile improvements (gum sculpting): lengthens teeth due to oversized gingiva, improvement of the “gummy smile”
  • Gingivectomy and gingivoplasty (gum corrections)
  • Removal of oral lesions such as fibromas or papillomas
  • Frenectomy (“tongue-tie” release) for orthodontic or periodontal indications
  • Apthous Ulcer (“canker sore”) treatments
  • Treatment of minor mouth and gum irritations
What are the advantages of laser therapy?
  • Laser use has been proven to be safe and effective
  • Laser treatments are more comfortable than treatment with conventional instruments
  • Gum tissue may be removed without bleeding and swelling, reducing post-operative discomfort
  • Lasers destroy bacteria during tissue removal