Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Services in Flagstaff
Soft tissue lasers have significantly improved the way the skilled dentists at Flagstaff Downtown Dental perform a number of advanced procedures. By replacing the traditional scalpel procedure with laser dentistry, we’re able to reduce bleeding and discomfort during treatment and significantly reduce healing time following the procedure. Some examples of interesting ways we’re incorporating soft tissue lasers into daily practice include:
- Dr. Bacon recently had an opportunity to treat an orthodontic patient who had a partially impacted canine. By removing a small amount of gum tissue with the soft tissue laser, a bracket was able to be affixed to the surface of the tooth allowing for adjustment. All was done in two short visits, and the patient reported only minimal discomfort.
- Gum disease is commonly treated by using harsh, abrasive scalpels and scraping tools to remove plaque and tartar tissue and infected or damaged gum tissue. We can use laser dentistry to achieve more effective decontamination with much less discomfort and potential for unnecessary damage.
- We can also use soft tissue lasers to cosmetically improve the appearance of your smile by reshaping gum tissue that is uneven or excessive, making smiles appear gummy.
Soft tissue lasers make a number of treatments more comfortable and effective. However, they have mainly been incorporated to allow us to offer more effective gum disease treatments. In the early stages, gum disease can be completely overlooked by patients. The initial stages of the disease have few warning signs, so it’s important that patients visit our team regularly for screenings. However, once periodontal disease reaches the advanced stages, laser dentistry allows us to quickly and comfortably remove damaged tissue and restore the smile to complete health. Because the laser doesn’t create sores or irritation the way that manual tools can, gums heal more quickly, which reduces the risk for further advancement of the disease.