At Providence Smiles, Dr. Kwame Gyampo and our team use soft tissue lasers to conduct treatment that requires an extra level of accuracy and precision. We encourage you to learn more about the benefits of soft tissue lasers in Durham, North Carolina, by contacting our team today at 919-682-4861 and scheduling a visit with our dentist.

What a Soft Tissue Laser Is

We use a soft tissue laser to aid us with certain treatments. A soft tissue laser is a beam of concentrated light energy that helps our dentist remove and mold the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. They allow us to be even more accurate in our treatments and cut down on your recovery time. Soft tissue lasers can also be used to reduce bleeding and swelling, seal blood vessels, and seal nerve endings to give you a more comfortable treatment and help speed up your recovery time.

What Soft Tissue Lasers Help With

Soft tissue lasers are helpful for a wide variety of treatments. These include:

  • Gingivectomies and other periodontal treatments
  • Gum contouring and crown lengthening
  • Cold sores and canker sores treatments
  • Frenectomies
  • Damaged gum tissue removal
  • Gum grafting
  • Impacted tooth treatments
  • Teeth whitening
  • Lesions and benign tumors removal
  • Oral tissue biopsies
  • Sleep apnea treatments
  • Nerve regeneration treatments
  • Dental implant recovery treatments

Benefits of Soft Tissue Grafting

Soft tissue lasers are beneficial both to our dentist and our patients. For example, soft tissue lasers give our dentist better control during your procedure, which gives you a more precise and effective treatment. Lasers are also less invasive, reducing bleeding and risk of infection during your procedure and preventing any damage to nearby tissue.

Other benefits include:

  • A faster treatment time
  • A more comfortable experience — you may not even need an anesthetic or sedation option, even though they are available for your use
  • A quieter and more pleasant overall experience
  • Reduced swelling following treatment
  • Reduced healing and recovery time following treatment


Is laser dentistry safe?

Yes! Dental lasers are a very advanced technology and are specially designed to ensure the safest and most comfortable experience possible during your procedure. Laser dental treatments are also approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are as safe or safer than traditional treatment tools and techniques. Additionally, our dentist and team have received all the necessary training to safely and appropriately use dental lasers when providing your care. If you have questions or concerns about a laser dental treatment, we encourage you to contact our office and speak with our dentist or with a member of our team. We will be happy to provide you with more information, review your treatment options and discuss what you can expect from a laser dental treatment.

Is laser dental treatment expensive?

The cost of laser dental treatment is comparable to that of treatment provided with more traditional techniques. And just as with traditional treatments, the cost of your care can vary, depending on several factors. These include the status of your oral health, the type of procedure and the laser equipment used. In some cases, laser treatment may be more affordable than treatment performed without a laser, especially if your treatment can be completed in fewer sessions when done with a laser. However, the opposite is also true, and a laser procedure may be more expensive than traditional methods. Our dentist will review your options with you and provide an estimate of your treatment cost prior to providing your care.

Is laser dentistry available for children?

Yes. In fact, laser dentistry may actually be a better option for infants and young children in many cases. Laser treatments do not require any shots, drills or stitches. Laser treatments are also generally quick to complete and very comfortable, often not requiring an anesthetic. In fact, one of the most common laser treatments, a frenectomy, is most frequently provided for infants or young children with tongue- or lip-ties.

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Want to learn more? Please call us today to learn more about what we can do with laser dentistry and how we can benefit your smile!