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Richardson, TX

 Smiling dental patient leaning back in exam chair and looking up into mirrorAs the name suggests, laser dentistry involves the use of lasers to eliminate or alter different tissues in various oral treatments. While the concept in itself is nothing new, as lasers were first introduced for experimental use on teeth & gums in the early 1960’s, they are not yet seen as standard practice. Nonetheless, they are steadily approaching mainstream recognition. Today, we here at Dr. Xixi Wu will be educating you on the soft tissue laser as well as its applications, costs, and benefits.

If you or a loved one are considering seeking laser dental treatment and have any further questions or wish to schedule a consultation, call us today to make an appointment at (972) 669-9444.

What Is A Soft Tissue Laser?

The most common laser in the dental industry, this tool is used in procedures involving soft tissues in your mouth (Ex- Gums). These lasers can safely cut and remove soft periodontal tissue, making them a valuable asset in delicate treatments.

What Procedures Are Laser Therapy Used For?

Examples of the tissue laser’s applications include, but are not limited to:
•  Creating a trough around your gum for increased visibility and oral access.
•  Reshaping the gums for an improved appearance.
•  Removing excess gum tissue to allow for a proper bracket positioning.
•  Teeth whitening.
•  Uncovering an impacted tooth.
•  Releasing overly tight muscle attachments in your mouth.
•  Treating dental ulcers or cold sores.
•  Treating periodontal disease or infections, such as by removing infected gum tissue lining around your teeth and supporting the regeneration of healthy tissue.

Benefits Of Soft Tissue Laser Treatment

The advancing technology of the tissue laser all but guarantees it will be used in dental practice for decades to come. The current and potential applications for it are increasing regularly, as is its popularity. There are numerous advantages to this form of treatment such as:
•  Laser procedures are virtually painless. While heat and vibration are the sources of most pain associated with a dental drill, the laser allows us to carry out a wide range of treatments with less discomfort. This is because lasers use no sound, nor does the cutting transmit any heat or vibration. With less pain also comes less need for anesthesia.
•  The laser’s energy makes the patient’s teeth less sensitive.
•  Reduction of bleeding during and after surgical procedures.
•  Reduced swelling.
•  Shorter treatment time.
•  Reduced anxiety for patients who may be nervous.
•  Less risk of infection.
•  Better tooth preservation in cases of treating cavities.
•  Increased precision for delicate surgeries.
•  Overall, more efficient procedures.
•  Quicker recovery and tissue regeneration.

Disadvantages of Soft Tissue Laser Treatment

Unfortunately, even the most advanced technological achievements are never perfect. While the benefits of laser therapy far outweigh the costs, there are some risks you should be aware of. In a minority of cases, it may hinder a patient’s healing process instead of facilitating it and can even cause discoloration of the tissue. The exact risk of this is dependent upon many factors that vary from patient to patient. This is one more reason why it’s important to discuss your options before seeking treatment.
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