How we use lasers in Holistic Dentistry
The main procedures used for laser dentistry are hard tissue and soft tissue procedures. Hard tissue refers to the teeth, and soft tissue refers to the gums. Different laser systems work at specific wavelengths. In our office, we offer soft-tissue diode laser procedures.
Common soft tissue procedures include:
- Treating a “gummy smile.” Lasers are used to reshape gum tissue associated with “gummy smile,” in which the gums’ length covers much of the tooth.
- Crown Lengthening. This procedure reshapes both gum tissue and bone for healthier tooth structure, which helps with placing restorations on the teeth.
- Treating tongue frenulum attachment. Those with a thick or tight frenulum (the fold of skin under the front part of the tongue that anchors to the mouth floor) may benefit from a laser frenectomy. This treatment helps children whose restricted frenulum causes them to be tongue-tied, have difficulty breastfeeding, or have a speech impediment.
- Vasoconstriction for crown and bridge
- Laser Decontamination of Periodontal Disease
- LANAP laser is a specific treatment for the non-surgical treatment of periodontal and implant diseases. We do not offer this at present.