Do you have a gummy smile? Maybe you have dark spots on your gums. Dr. Brenda Paulen and the professional staff at Proud Smiles are trained in laser dentistry. Laser dentistry is a safe and painless method used to treat unique dental problems. There are multiple laser dentistry treatment options for patients with gum, tongue, lip, and other mouth problems. Learn more below:
Tongue and Lip Ties
Laser dentistry can be used to treat tongue-tie, a condition that occurs when the tongue or lips are over-attached to the mouth by the frenulum. Children and adults can be treated for tongue-tie using laser dentistry. The laser severs the frenulum and releases the tongue for a more natural range of motion. Treating tongue tie can help prevent future tooth decay, maladjustments, and speech impediments.
Laser dentistry can be used to recontour the gum line for a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing smile. Patients with a gummy smile can find it difficult to receive dental restoration because the teeth are too short. Laser dentistry can push the gumline back and expose more of the tooth’s surface. Dr. Paulen can use lasers to even out the contour of the gum line without the need for stitches. Laser dentistry also reduces downtime and minimizes swelling.
Gingival hyperpigmentation can cause spots or darkening of the gums. Using a soft tissue laser, Dr. Paulen can treat hyperpigmentation or dark spots and provide a natural-looking gum line. Gum bleaching is an effective treatment that is completed in one visit. After applying a topical anesthetic, Dr. Paulen will use the laser to lighten spots and dark areas of gum tissue. The laser will stimulate the natural healing response and the regrowth of healthy and uniform gum tissue.
Mucocele are a common condition that appears as small fluid-filled sacks that form inside the mouth. They are most commonly found on the cheeks, lower lip or on the roof or floor of the mouth. In most cases, mucocele are caused by a blocked salivary gland and can interfere with eating or speaking. Any swelling or lumps found inside your mouth that persists for longer than a few days should be examined by Dr. Paulen. Dental lasers can clear the blocked or injured saliva duct and remove the fluid-filled sack.
Cold Sore Removal
Cold sores are a virus that manifests as small sores on the lips or inner cheeks. A diode laser can be used to remove the virus that causes the cold sore in the area of the lesion. Some patients require several diode laser treatments per outbreak. The lasers are gentle and patients do not require any numbing agent or pain medication. In some cases, patients see results within just 24 hours after their laser treatment.
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