What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy uses targeted light energy to treat various dental conditions, especially those affecting your gums, tongue, and other soft tissues.
It’s quicker and much more comfortable than traditional procedures that use non-laser tools. In addition, laser therapy is FDA-approved and boasts a proven track record of success.
What treatments does laser therapy provide?
At the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA, the team uses laser therapy for a variety of soft tissue procedures, including:
Cosmetic gum contouring is a type of laser therapy that reshapes your gums. During treatment, your provider uses a handheld laser to carefully remove excess pieces of gum tissue, revealing more of your teeth. Gum contouring is quick and requires no downtime.
If you have a severely damaged or decaying tooth, the team might recommend crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening is a type of laser therapy that removes gum tissue to reveal more of your tooth. This process ensures your crown fits snugly over the tooth, restoring your smile to a healthy, vibrant condition. You might also benefit from crown lengthening if you have a “gummy smile.”
Tongue frenulum attachment
The frenulum is a small piece of soft tissue that connects your tongue to your mouth. Some children are born with a restricted frenulum which makes breastfeeding and speech difficult. By releasing a thick or tight frenulum with laser therapy, it’s possible to restore the tongue’s full range of motion.
What are the benefits of laser therapy?
Laser therapy provides an array of benefits compared to other traditional techniques, including:
- No need for stitches or sutures
- Less bleeding and quicker clotting
- No anesthesia necessary
- Wounds heal faster
- Laser therapy promotes tissue regeneration
In addition, laser therapy causes less damage to the surrounding tissues. That allows for quicker recovery times.
Is laser therapy safe?
Laser therapy is safe and typically well-tolerated. Prior to treatment, the team has you put on a pair of special glasses to protect your eyes from the laser energy.
Following your appointment, carefully adhere to the team’s recovery instructions. Take any medication as prescribed and attend all of your post-laser therapy follow-ups.
To learn more about laser therapy, request a consultation at the practice of Judy Mejido DMD PA. Book an appointment online, or call the office to speak with a member of the staff today.