Soft Tissue Laser

Laser dentistry eliminates the need for scalpels and sutures to address various conditions affecting the soft oral tissues. With this advanced technology, patients can receive treatments that cause less discomfort, heal more quickly and create minimal disruption in their lives.

A soft tissue laser uses a concentrated beam of light to remove diseased or damaged tissue. The nature of the laser allows it to be highly focused. Because the laser procedures are minimally invasive, some patients may not need to receive even a local anesthetic, although that is always an option if the patient prefers it.

Soft tissue lasers may be used in the following circumstances:

Gum recontouring (gingivectomy): If the patient has excess gum tissue, a gingivectomy can improve the smile’s appearance and the patient’s oral hygiene practices. The laser is used to excise any extra tissue, and the gums are re-shaped for a more aesthetically pleasing contour. This procedure also makes it easier for the patient to clean the area along the gumline more thoroughly.

Tissue biopsy: Patients who have lesions in the mouth, such as sores that do not heal or persistent red or white patches on the cheeks, lips, tongue or gums, need to have tissue removed and analyzed in order to determine the nature of the suspicious area. Laser biopsies eliminate the need for surgery, allowing the patient to heal more quickly.

Canker sore relief: Canker sores aren’t merely unattractive, they can also be quite painful for patients who develop them. The laser is held a few millimeters away from the sore, as to avoid any exacerbation, but this technique effectively promotes faster healing of the sore. Patients report almost instantaneous relief, and future sores at the treatment site tend to be less intense and recur less frequently.

Frenectomy: A frenectomy involves the removal of excess tissue connecting two other structures. The most common sites for frenectomies are the upper lip (labial) or under the tongue (lingual). A laser can be used to remove this excess tissue to improve speech or reduce the likelihood of misalignment in the teeth.

Orthodontic tooth exposure: Periodically, it is necessary to help an impacted tooth to erupt properly in order for a patient to get the desired results from orthodontic treatment. When the gum tissue is obstructing the tooth from erupting, this tissue can be removed with a diode laser so that the tooth can be guided into the proper position with orthodontic appliances.

To learn more about the uses of laser therapy in our practice, call our office to speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members or schedule a consultation with us.


What is a diode laser in dentistry?

Diode lasers provide a monochromatic laser beam that does not scatter and is therefore more efficient at removing targeted tissue. The wavelength can range from 800 to 1060 nm, but the most common frequency is 810. Diode lasers have been approved for use in dentistry for the past 20 years, although not all dentists offer treatment using this valuable tool.

What is laser therapy in dentistry?

Laser therapy in dentistry is the use of a diode laser to remove soft oral tissue that is the target of a procedure. Before laser therapy was available, such treatments were rendered surgically. The most common uses of lasers in dentistry are restorative and cosmetic procedures involving the gums and other soft oral tissues.

How does a dental laser work?

In any type of surgery, including dental treatments, lasers apply high amounts of energy to tissue in order to remove it. A dental laser consists of a highly concentrated beam of light. Because the laser is a less invasive instrument, healing proceeds much more quickly than with traditional surgical techniques. Additionally, the laser is more precise, so the surgical field is highly targeted and much smaller as a result.

What can you eat after laser gum surgery?

Your dentist will review post-operative instructions with you at the time of your appointment, and the instructions on dietary modifications will vary based on the procedure being performed. Some patients may be able to eat normally after their treatment, while others may need to stick to a diet of soft foods until the treated tissue is fully healed. Ask your dentist about the recommendations in your specific case.

Does laser therapy hurt?

Laser therapy is minimally invasive and highly targeted to specific tissue, so patients who choose this treatment option will experience significantly less discomfort than those who select surgical interventions. Depending on the nature of the procedure, some healing period may be necessary. Your dentist will give you more specific instructions on pain management during this time, but often any symptoms can be addressed with over-the-counter painkillers.

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Dr. Michael DeSanti, Jr.

Dr. Michael DeSanti, Jr. was raised in the Capital District. He attended the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000. He then moved to Boston where he completed his post-doctoral program at Harvard University. Since 2001, Dr. DeSanti has been in private practice at his current location.

Dr. Amy Linden

Dr. Amy Linden was raised in Rome, NY. She received her dental degree from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where she graduated Cum Laude. She completed her post-doctoral Advance Education certificate at the Western New York Veterans Hospital. Dr. Linden has been practicing at DeSanti & Linden Dentistry since 2014.

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