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Soft Tissue Lasers in the Dental Practice

In April I attended a Continuing Education class at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  The topic was utilizing lasers in a dental practice.  Lasers have changed the way dentists and now hygienists practice dentistry.  A laser is more predictable, gentler, and often does not require local anesthetic for the patient.

General dental offices can use a laser for Troughing the gum tissue to get clear margins during an impression without the bleeding, Gingivectomy, Periodontal Therapy (LAPT) as an adjunct to Scaling and Root Planing, Implant Recovery, Frenectomy, Class V and Operculectomy.  A dental laser is also useful during orthodontic treatment (when a patient has braces); a laser can easily remove extra tissue and provide better access for bracket attachment on the teeth.  A laser can also be used for the removal of pseudopockets and gingival contouring, which improves aesthetics and oral hygiene, all without the use of local anesthesia, bleeding, or discomfort. 

A diode laser is the ideal tool for soft tissue management for many applications in a dental practice.

– from Tricia H. (Dental Hygienist)

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