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Laser Surgery

In recent years, laser surgery has superseded many traditional practices, making treatments more precise and less painful.  This newer style of lasers utilizes intense beams of light projected towards the surgical site.  Surgical lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.

The FDA deemed laser dentistry to be safe for public usage in 1990.  Since then, many Oral Surgeons have incorporated lasers into everyday procedures – reducing bleeding, anxiety and post-treatment recovery times.  The beauty lasers is that they damage far less of the surrounding tissue than traditional techniques – which means less discomfort and pain.

Here are some of the other benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Preservation of more of the natural tissue
  • Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
  • Reduced need for anesthesia.
  • Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.

How can laser surgery help me?

Laser surgery is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common procedures.  Though laser surgery is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventative purposes.

Here are some of the ways that lasers can be used:

  • Reshaping soft tissue – Lasers can remove soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
  • Frenectomy – Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue.
  • Tumor removal – When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a laser can completely remove them without causing pain.
  • Biopsy – Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue.  This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.
  • Apthous Ulcer treatment

How are laser procedures performed?

Different types of laser have been created to treat different conditions.  Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use.  The most common types of laser are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems.  The surgeon will decide which type of laser is best to use after conducting X-rays and a thorough examination.

The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes.  The surgeon will then direct the beam at the affected area and carefully remove the soft tissue and treat the indicated area

The procedure will take far less time than conventional methods, and cause far less anxiety and discomfort.  

If you have questions or concerns about laser surgery, please ask your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.

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  • 4660 Kenmore Ave.
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  • Alexandria, VA
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