Lasers were first introduced to dentistry in the 1990s, and over the past few decades, they have completely changed the way dentists provide care. Now, a wide array of gum-focused procedures can be performed faster and more precisely while keeping a patient much more comfortable. Read on below to learn more about the benefits of laser gum therapy that you’ll enjoy here at Carefree Dentistry.
Our diode dental laser, like all others, works by emitting a concentrated beam of light energy. The beam is strong enough to kill harmful bacteria and remove unwanted tissue, but it doesn’t cause a patient any discomfort. Visually, the instrument looks like a large writing utensil, which allows our dentists to be extremely accurate when using it. This, in turn, makes various procedures less invasive, which helps reduce a patient’s recovery time.
Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide array of treatments, but the diode laser is best for helping patients with gum disease. It’s able to kill bacteria deep below the gum line without our team having to make incisions to expose the roots of the teeth. It can also be used for cosmetic purposes, as it can remove excess tissue to make the teeth appear longer, taking care of a “gummy” smile so that the patient has a more balanced and attractive appearance.