Lasers have many uses in today’s dental office. They are used for both hard and soft tissue procedures and can do some things that we can’t accomplish with traditional therapies. Current use of lasers in our practice includes frenectomy, cosmetic gum contouring, and some periodontal techniques. Laser treatment benefits include reduced bleeding, swelling and postoperative pain. Lasers are used because of the precise control they afford the dentist and the comfort they provide to patients. Lasers perform many functions at once. Not only can a laser remove tissue but it can also be used to seal blood vessels and nerve endings. Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss. Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on. Dentists and patients also appreciate that many times a laser may be used with minimal or no anesthetic. Several of our doctors are specially trained and certified in the use of the laser. Your dentist will determine which laser and what type of treatment is appropriate for your case. The laser can be used for several dental and cosmetic dental treatments.