SOFT TISSUE LASER
Laser technology continues to transform many procedures in healthcare. Once the subject of sci-fi movies, lasers now clearly provide benefits for mainstream treatment in medicine and dentistry. Shorter procedures, less discomfort, and quicker healing are just a few of the benefits of modern lasers.
The soft tissues of the mouth cover about 30 square inches of surface area. Annoying lumps or bumps may need removal with any unusual patches of tissue requiring further microscopic analysis. Traditionally, a surgical procedure involving incisions and sutures would be required to produce a biopsy sample. Today, a pen-shaped wand allows Dr. Asad Ahsan to remove suspicious or bothersome bumps within a couple of minutes. The healing stimulated by laser energy leads to rapid healing and little to no discomfort, without the need for stitches.
Similarly, gums can be quickly reshaped without bleeding, and some gum infections are now treated with rapid results. Even cold sores or mouth ulcers can undergo faster healing when laser energy passes over the surface. Better yet, the days of pain associated with these recurring ulcers can be dramatically decreased. Lasers are also safe for use with children and can help with growth and development issues or help wisdom teeth move into place.
A soft tissue laser offers a valuable benefit to many commonly treated conditions in the mouth. Dr. Asad Ahsan’s specific training in laser protocols opens up numerous possibilities using one of modern dentistry’s most versatile tools.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a soft tissue laser in dentistry?
A soft tissue laser is a dental instrument that uses focused light energy to perform precision procedures on soft tissues in the oral cavity, such as gums, tongue, and the lining of the mouth.
How does a soft tissue laser work?
A soft tissue laser works by emitting a concentrated beam of light that can be precisely directed at the targeted soft tissue. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the tissue, allowing for controlled and efficient procedures.
What are the benefits of using a soft tissue laser?
The benefits of using a soft tissue laser include reduced bleeding during procedures, minimized discomfort, faster healing times, and increased precision in treating soft tissue conditions.
What soft tissue conditions can be treated with a laser?
Soft tissue lasers are used to treat various conditions, including gum disease, periodontal pockets, gum reshaping (gingivectomy), removal of oral lesions, frenectomy (removing tissue attachments), and treatment of cold sores.
Is the use of a soft tissue laser painful?
The use of a soft tissue laser is generally associated with minimal discomfort. The laser cauterizes blood vessels as it works, leading to less bleeding and reduced postoperative pain.
How long does it take to recover after a soft tissue laser procedure?
Recovery times after soft tissue laser procedures are typically shorter compared to traditional methods. Patients may experience mild discomfort or swelling, but these symptoms usually resolve quickly.
Can a soft tissue laser be used for cosmetic procedures?
Yes, soft tissue lasers are often used for cosmetic procedures such as gum reshaping to improve the appearance of the smile. The precision of the laser allows for controlled tissue removal and shaping.
Can children undergo soft tissue laser procedures?
Yes, soft tissue lasers are safe for use in pediatric dentistry. They are commonly employed for procedures like frenectomy to address issues such as tongue-tie or lip-tie in children.
Are there any risks associated with soft tissue laser treatment?
Soft tissue laser treatment is generally safe when performed by trained dental professionals. However, as with any medical procedure, there may be some risks, and patients will be informed of these during the consultation.
Is the use of a soft tissue laser covered by dental insurance?
The coverage for soft tissue laser procedures by dental insurance may vary. Patients are advised to check with their insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for laser treatments.