Maintaining good oral health reduces your risk of periodontal disease and its associated health consequences. Laser dentistry plays a key role in this equation because it makes treating gum disease easier and far more pleasant, even for young children and patients with dental anxiety. Whether you’re suffering from gum disease or cold sores, wish to improve your smile aesthetics or your child needs a frenectomy, you’ll benefit from laser gum surgery in Hamilton, Bermuda. Our skilled dentist Dr. Jewel Landy is a laser dentistry expert. It’s a far gentler option than traditional surgery, requires no sutures, and can be done with just a local anesthetic in far less time.
In the right hands, a dental laser is safe, precise, minimally invasive and comfortable for patients, which helps explain why it has become an increasingly used technology by dentists in recent years. Laser gum surgery in Hamilton, Bermuda allows our team to treat periodontal disease without a drill or scalpel. The high-energy light beam cauterizes as it works, significantly reducing bleeding, pain and recovery time, all while promoting regeneration of healthy gum and bone.
A gingivectomy is a common procedure used to treat advanced gum disease called periodontitis. During this procedure, loose and diseased gum tissue is removed to eliminate periodontal pockets. A gingivectomy makes it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean, to prevent pockets from reforming, and to keep food debris and bacteria from accumulating. A laser gingivectomy typically only requires a local anaesthetic, and rarely any packing or sutures. Other benefits include reduced bleeding and postoperative pain, as well as rapid healing.
Also called gingival contouring, this procedure is done to correct an uneven gum line or a “gummy smile” (in which excessive gum tissue shows when you smile). It’s also sometimes performed to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Crown lengthening is a similar procedure that is done to correct a gummy smile or to treat cavities or a fractured tooth hidden beneath the gum line. Crown lengthening may also be necessary to expose an adequate amount of tooth structure to properly fit a dental crown or other restoration.
Sometimes the frenum (the connective tissue located under the tongue and inside the upper lip) can be too tight, thereby restricting mobility. Loosening and/or removing the lingual tissue under the tongue allows better mobility, preventing nursing problems in infants and speech problems as a child starts talking. Removing excessive labial tissue from the upper gums can prevent mouth breathing, gaps in the front teeth and associated orthodontic problems . Using a laser instead of conventional surgery is far less invasive, eliminates the need for sedation, significantly reduces the risk of any bleeding and virtually eliminates any chance of infection.
If you’re suffering from cold or canker sores, you know they can be painful. For cold sores, we heat the lesion to kill the virus and stimulate your body’s healing. Likewise, the painless laser energy penetrates the canker sore lesion to enhance healing. Treatment usually only lasts about 15 minutes, and most patients tell us they feel better immediately following their appointment!
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