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Since 1994, lasers have been used in dentistry to treat a number of
Gum disease. Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria associated with periodontal disease.
Biopsy or lesion removal. Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) to be examined for cancer. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth. The pain of a canker sore can be reduced or eliminated with a laser treatment. All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with.
Frenectomy- A frenum is a fold of tissue or muscle connecting the lips, cheek, or tongue to the jawbone. A frenectomy is the removal of one of these folds of tissue. It can refer to frenula in several places on the human body. In dentistry there are two types. Lingual frenectomy (of the tongue) and Labial frenectomy (of the lip). Most often seen is a frenum that is attached too high on the gums causing either recession or spaces between teeth, resulting in the need for a Labial frenectomy. A frenectomy done with a laser. When done this way, it can be relatively painless experience and accelerate the healing process. Some patients experience some scabbing and an itchy feeling as it heals.
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