Laser Procedures for Gum Tissue

Laser Reshaping of Gum Tissue

Many people have nicely shaped teeth, but too much gum tissue covering them results in a “gummy smile” and short-looking teeth. Removing or re-contouring excess gum tissue can really enhance the appearance of your smile by developing better proportions for your teeth. Dr Silvestro utilizes laser technology to help accomplish this, many times in a single visit. Usually after laser re-contouring, the gums heal very quickly. This can also be done in conjunction with other procedures (such as resin bonding or porcelain veneers) to maximize cosmetic results.
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Frenectomy

A frenectomy is the surgical removal of the frenulum or frenum, which is a thin band of tissue found in various areas of the mouth. Frenums, simply put, attach the muscles of the cheek and lips to the mouth. There are two primary locations in the mouth where frenum is found to be problematic — under the tongue and underneath the center of the upper lip.

  • Under the tongue:


    If the ligament under the tongue is too large, this can result in a patient being “tongue-tied,” where the patient cannot pronounce certain sounds and words properly. With minimal anesthesia, Dr. Silvestro can use his dental laser to remove a portion of the frenum and free up the tongue.
  • Under the center of the upper lip:


    If the ligament under the center of the upper lip is too large, this can result in a patient having a space develop between the front two teeth.. With minimal anesthesia, Dr. Silvestro can use his dental laser to remove a portion of the frenum and help the teeth to come back together.

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Cold sore and Canker sore removal

Using a dental laser, Dr. Silvestro can treat cold sores and canker sores effectively. The pain from the sore will disappear almost immediately, and the life span of the sore will greatly decrease.
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