The use of laser technology in the dental chair is very advantageous for certain situations. When there is a specific area that needs to be removed or trimmed, Kneib Dentistry uses the DEKA Laser to focus on a precise area of soft tissue. Especially when there cannot be any damage to the surrounding area of the target, the laser is perfect for the job. The technology provides patients with precision treatment that may minimize pain and recovery time.
The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating the state of the art precision technology into a number of common and uncommon procedures.
Before Tissue Recontouring
After Tissue Recontouring
Which laser surgery procedures are cosmetic vs. a part of regular or restorative dental treatment?
Laser surgery procedures that are considered to be cosmetic dental care include contouring to address gummy smiles. Crown lengthening treatments do double duty: they can not only expose healthier bone structure but also provide a stronger foundation for restorations. Tongue and lip tie releases are a treatment for babies and young children which can reduce difficulty breastfeeding for mother and child, digestive issues, and discomfort. This release is not considered cosmetic.
What is the difference between the DEKA laser and the Diagnodent laser?
Each of these lasers serves different purposes. The DEKA laser is meant to remove tissue and re-contour teeth. The Diagnodent is a laser that assists in quantifying the presence of decay in the surface of teeth. Read more about the dental technologies utilized by Kneib Dentistry.
Will I need anesthesia?
Although it depends on the procedure, in most cases anesthesia will be unnecessary. The CO2 Deka laser is much less painful than traditional tools such as a scalpel. The controlled temperature of the laser prevents the charring of tissue. It instantly sterilizes the wound and assists in forming blood clots. You will experience some soreness after the procedure, but it is not as intense as other oral surgery procedures.
How do I know if I need laser surgery?
If you have teeth that need to be removed or require crown lengthening for restoration, you are a likely candidate for laser surgery. The staff at Kneib Dentistry have all the expertise needed to determine the condition of your teeth and any necessary treatments. Book an appointment with us today if you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or missing teeth.
How do I take care of my mouth after laser surgery?
Just as with any intense dental procedure, it is recommended that you avoid sugary or acidic food and drink afterward as to not irritate the sensitive tissue. Also, try to consume soft foods and avoid intense activities. It will take about 2-4 weeks for your mouth to fully heal post-procedure, so be sure to follow your dentist's instructions for the best results!