Essentially, soft tissue procedures focus on the treatment of problems in any muscles, tendons, tissues, and nerves located in and around the tooth, gum line or jaw musculature. Many of these areas are extremely sensitive to the touch, and as such, soft tissue dental procedures can often be an extremely daunting experience for the patient.
Laser technology has had immediate and beneficial impacts on a variety of soft tissue procedures, including:
- Cosmetic contouring of the gum tissue (gum lift, reshaping)
- Frenectomies (frenum is a small muscle attachment under the lips)
- Periodontal therapy (gum disease)
- Excision of minor growths
- Crown lengthening (removing gum and bone to expose more tooth)
- Apthous ulcer treatment. (The laser takes away the discomfort of the ulcer)
Thanks in large part to advancements in laser dentistry, much of the discomfort during and after soft tissue dental procedures has been minimized or eliminated completely! For example, the vibrations caused by more traditional practices are often the main reason for patient pain, both during and after the procedure. The non-invasive applications of the laser allow the patient a much more comfortable experience, and often only a topical anesthetic gel is used. In many cases, no suturing is involved, which in turn minimizes the time required for the procedure as well as for the patient's recovery.