Soft tissue laser treatment focuses on correcting imperfections or treating conditions of oral soft tissues. A soft tissue laser is a dental tool that uses laser light to gently remove tissue around a tooth or teeth in order to reshape them, reduce the risk of infection, and repair uneven or damaged gums. It can also help treat gum disease by killing bacteria in the periodontal pockets around your teeth.
How Is Soft Tissue Laser Treatment Performed?
Our dentist in Sheboygan will first apply an anesthetic gel to the soft tissues. This will prevent any pain from occurring during the procedure. Once the area is numb, the dentist will use a machine called a diode laser to treat the gum tissue. This process will remove the damaged tissue and allow healthy tissue to grow back in its place. The dentist will then place a bandage on the area to protect the gums while they heal.
This procedure typically takes around 30-60 minutes when treating a single tooth. It may also be necessary to treat several teeth at once if the damage is extensive. Patients can usually return to work the next day but should avoid strenuous activity for several weeks following the procedure.
Soft tissue laser treatments can help to improve the health of the mouth and prevent tooth loss in the future. They can also help patients restore their smiles after they are affected by gum disease. It is important for patients to seek treatment as soon as they discover they have gum disease so that the condition does not progress and lead to serious complications such as bone loss or loose teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Soft Tissue Laser Treatment?
One of the most significant benefits of soft tissue laser treatment is that patients experience less bleeding and swelling during the procedure and recovery than they would with conventional treatments. Because the laser sterilizes the affected area while eliminating the diseased tissue, this also means there is a lower risk for an infection to occur.
Patients also benefit from the reduced need for pain medication during the recovery period. In addition, when undergoing soft tissue laser treatments, there is less stress placed on the jaw joints as there tends to be less trauma to the tooth structure during treatment.
Many patients are surprised to learn that they feel little to no discomfort following treatment as the laser is gentle and precise. The healing period is also shorter than in the case of other dental treatments.
Another benefit of soft tissue laser treatment is that it is fast. The procedure takes around 30-60 minutes per visit and is completed without any drills or loud or invasive tools. This not only ensures patient comfort, but it helps them complete their treatment plans in less time than traditional options.
In some cases, depending on the specifics of your treatment plan, you may need more than one appointment to complete your treatment. However, most patients find that the benefits of soft tissue laser treatment outweigh any inconvenience.
To learn more about soft tissue laser treatment in Sheboygan, WI, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Cooper Dental at (920) 452-1110 or visit us at 703 South Taylor Dr., Sheboygan, WI 53081. We’re always happy to assist you!