Lasers have been used successfully in Dentistry since the 1990s. The FDA has determined that lasers provide safe and effective treatment of a wide range of applications. They usually allow for bloodless surgical procedures, may destroy bacteria during tissue removal and may reduce post-operative pain and the need for numerous post-operative appointments. Soft tissue laser procedures routinely completed at our office include:

Lesion Removal

Often tissue tags may form on the lips,cheek or tongue due to trauma  from lip biting, grinding the teeth or irritation from removable dentures.  These lesions may continue to increase in size with continued trauma from the biting, grinding or irritation to the tissue. The soft tissue laser can be used to quickly and cleanly vaporize the lesion and the area  will heal uneventfully with no bleeding or sutures(stitches)  

Frenectomy

The muscle that is attached from  the upper or lower lip is termed the frenum. When this muscle is attached too close to the gumline of the teeth it can start to pull the gum  down or even away from the tooth. Sometimes the muscle can extend between the two upper or lower front teeth and can cause separation or spacing between the teeth. The soft tissue laser can be used to relieve the hi high attachment of the muscle near the gumline and neatly reposition it lower on the gum tissue to prevent further pulling at the gumline or it is used to eliminate the thick muscle tissue between the teeth. When used at the end of orthodontic treatment -when the space has been closed -the elimination of the muscle will prevent the space from redeveloping once the braces are removed. In using the laser the  procedure is done without causing any bleeding and  no sutures(stitches) are necessary. The energy of the laser actually jumpstarts the healing process in the area.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Gum (periodontal) disease - the bacterial infection of the bone and gums around the teeth effects more than 70% of adults aged 35-44 and more than 90% of those over 55. Bleeding gums is the classic sign of the disease and the end effect is loosening and loss of the involved teeth. Recent research has now directly linked gum disease with an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. The bleeding allows infection associated with the disease to enter the bloodstream and relocate in the heart and blood vessels, putting the cardiovascular system at risk. Even heart and joint replacement surgeries can be jeopardized when gum disease is present.


Dentists play a vital role in the prevention, detection, treatment and maintenance of the disease. New modalities are now available for dentists to control the disease at all stages. Laser-assisted therapy is the latest of these modalities. As in other medical treatments, dentists can use a laser to safely and effectively remove the diseased (gum) tissues while leaving the healthy tissue alone. Additionally, the laser will kill disease-causing bacteria and biostimulate or "kick start" the healing process - a huge benefit over traditional therapies. Laser therapy can lessen or even eliminate the need for surgical "cutting" of the gums. And unlike gum surgery, laser therapy involves no cutting, bleeding or stitches and patients generally report that there is minimal discomfort afterwards

With the laser therapy, Dr. Hnat and his team of hygiene professionals have produced consistent and impressive improvement to the treatment areas, lessening or eliminating the need for surgical intervention.. The most significant benefit of all for a patient considering laser-assisted gum therapy is that not only can they save their teeth but maybe even their life....