A laser can be used in dentistry for a multitude of procedures, but the most common are to remove excess gums (gingivectomy), to remove growths inside the lip and check, to revise tongue and lip ties, and to treat cold sores or ulcers.
Treating cold sores or ulcers with laser treatment
If you catch the lesion in time with laser treatment, you can prevent the cold sore from breaking out. As soon as you feel that tingling sensation that warns you of an oncoming sore, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment. If you already have a full-blown sore, the laser will take away the discomfort and help it to dry up and heal much faster.
If you have an ulcer on the inside of your mouth, the laser can help it heal faster and decrease the pain that it is causing.
To remove excess gums around the teeth (gingivectomy)
Sometimes when a patient has a “gummy” smile or they think their teeth are “short” it can be because there is an excess amount of gum tissue present. The laser can safely remove some of the extra tissue exposing more tooth structure, giving the patient a smile that makes them more confident.
Removing growths inside the lip or cheek
If there is something suspicious that we see during your oral cancer screening or there is a bump on your cheek that you just keep biting, it may need to be removed. Using a laser is a more comfortable, bloodless alternative to the traditional technique that uses a scalpel and stitches. The laser treatment provides a shorter healing time and more comfort for you, and no need for stitches.