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Lasers use light energy to perform work. Lasers are unique because they can treat targeted areas without affecting the surrounding areas. In addition, lasers may seal off blood vessels and nerve endings lessening bleeding, postoperative pain and swelling. In many cases due to their gentle and precise nature lasers are used with little or no anesthetic.
Lasers can be used for many procedures. These procedures include:
- Reshaping or removing tissue (Gingivectomy): The procedure may be done for periodontal or aesthetic reasons.
- Clipping Muscle attachment (Frenectomy): The procedure may be used to remove an attachment that is interfering with normal speech.
- Removing Soft Tissue Growths (Fibroma Removal): The procedure is used to remove excess tissue or growths that may be an aesthetic or functional issue.
- Gently removing swollen tissues (Gingivoplasty): The procedure is used to remove excessive tissue caused by systemic disease, medications, braces or poor oral hygiene.
- Treatment of Herpetic & Apthous Ulcers: Laser treatment is used to treat herpetic or apthous lesions, stopping the progression of the disease, cauterizing nerve endings and giving immediate relief from itching, burning, tingling or pain. Laser treatment bio-stimulates the area encouraging quicker healing, and in herpetic lesion cases, killing the viral particles. This allows an active lesion to immediately convert to the healing phase. Treatment of Herpetic lesions during the prodromal stage can stop the lesion from ever manifesting.