By Mina Levi, DDS, 07/03/2014
As you search the web, you may have come across a term called “laser dentistry”, such as that used by Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi DDS. This term refers to a type of treatment that uses a laser to change or remove the soft tissue in the mouth. There are many functions of a dental laser, such as for cosmetic or hygienic procedures. In this article, we will discuss the types of treatment that dental lasers can be used for.
A gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue, called gingival, by surgery or with the dental laser. It was originally used to treat periodontal disease or gum disease. Today, it is mostly used to remove excess gum tissue in order to improve the appearance of the gums for cosmetic reasons. Gums may have an unusual shape or be overgrown over the teeth, and the dental laser can trim the gum tissue to have a more natural look.
With the dental laser, there is no need for anesthetic of the area like there is for the same procedure using a scalpel. The laser also cauterizes the gums, so there is no bleeding or discomfort during the gingivectomy.
The dental laser can also be used to remove uncomfortable canker sores in the mouth. The laser kills bacteria and relieves pain in a matter of minutes. The sore heals at a much faster rate and there is no discomfort when using the laser to treat canker sores.
When the dental laser is used to reduce bacteria in the periodontal pockets, there is no removal of any gum tissue. The laser energy, when directed into the periodontal pocket between the tooth and gum, reduces bacteria, reduces risk of bacteria entering the blood, softens calculus and tartar deposits, and improves the effectiveness of a scaling and root planing procedure (deep cleaning).
At the office of Dentist San Francisco Mina Levi, DDS, a DenMat Sol Diode laser is used for gingivectomies, bacterial reductions and canker sore removal. If you have questions about the dental laser, laser dentistry, or procedures that may be right for you, visit the San Francisco Dentist on the web atwww.minalevidds.com or give us a call at (415) 513-5066.
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