Laser therapy involves using special dental lasers instead of traditional dental tools. At Skylyn Dental Associates, we offer soft tissue lasers, which can be used instead of tools like scalpels for most oral surgeries and other treatments. Soft tissue lasers use very powerful beams of focused light to vaporize tissue on the lips, gums, and cheeks. With our advanced dental tools, Dr. Paul Gibas and our team can provide pain-free, comfortable dental care in Spartanburg, SC. Contact us for a consultation now to learn more.
Soft tissue lasers work much differently than traditional dental tools like scalpels. A soft tissue laser creates a very powerful beam of light, which is sent through a fiber-optic tip. This light vaporizes tissue on contact. Because the light is so hot, it seals (cauterizes) blood vessels and nerve endings on contact, too.
This means that soft tissue lasers cause much less bleeding than traditional dental tools. Treatment is also virtually pain-free. You often don't even need local numbing for treatment with soft tissue lasers. Soft tissue lasers are also much more precise and cause less damage to the surrounding tissue, which leads to a shorter recovery time.
Laser therapy is ideal for periodontal care. Using special laser tools, Dr. Gibas can clean deeply between your gums and teeth, remove damaged tissue, and destroy bacteria.
Soft tissue lasers can remove canker sores in moments, relieving pain and discomfort. If you suffer from canker sores in Spartanburg, the team at Skylyn Dental Associates is here to help.
Laser therapy may be used to reshape gums both for cosmetic purposes, or as part of gum disease treatment. Compared to treatment with traditional dental tools, gum reshaping with a soft tissue laser is much faster and has a much shorter recovery time.
Laser therapy is also used to take biopsies. With a soft tissue laser, tissue samples can be taken in moments with minimal pain and discomfort. In the event that Dr. Gibas notices a suspicious sore or anything else in your mouth, soft tissue lasers make it easy to take a sample for further study and diagnosis.
Dr. Paul Gibas will give you a set of instructions to follow as you recover from your procedure. Each procedure will be slightly different, so make sure you follow your recovery instructions closely.
But in general, you will not experience much pain or discomfort after your procedure. As mentioned, laser therapy is much more precise and less invasive compared to traditional dental treatments. You will experience minimal bleeding, and very little discomfort. If you are in pain, you can take over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen for relief.
Sutures are also typically not needed after laser therapy, so you will not need to come back to our office to have any sutures removed. However, Dr. Gibas may still ask you to visit Skylyn Dental Associates for a follow-up so that he can check on your recovery progress. Make sure to come to any follow-ups as scheduled.