Lasers have been used for medical and dental treatment for many years. A laser is highly focused light energy that can be used to vaporize, cut, coagulate, and sterilize both hard tissue (teeth) and soft tissue (gingiva/gums, tongue, cheek). Some of the benefits of using a laser are that minor surgical procedures can be accomplished with little or no bleeding, the need for sutures is minimized, it requires little or no anesthesia, and pathological soft tissue can be removed while decontaminating the adjacent tissue. At Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry we currently use a soft-tissue laser to provide such services as:
- Tongue-tie release for nursing infants and older children
- Upper lip-tie release and frenum removal for nursing infants or orthodontic patients
- Surgical tooth-uncovering for orthodontic purposes
- Reshaping of excessive gingiva and/or inflamed gum tissue
- Excision of minor soft tissue pathology
- Therapeutic treatment of aphthous ulcers (canker sores)
Laser dentistry is just another example of high-tech advances that we are happy to offer at Small to Tall Pediatric Dentistry to provide your child with more advanced comprehensive care.