Soft Tissue Laser
A soft tissue laser it is far gentler than either electrosurgery or scalpel. Unlike electrosurgery lasers do not require the placement of a grounding plate (very low tech!). Second, it generates little or no heat which can impact on implant longevity. And with implants, when the healing cap is removed, lasers can safely remove any tissue tags not possible with electrosurgery for fear of the electrode contacting the metal implant platform and the resulting current destroying the osseointegration. In a similar situation, you can safely remove hypertrophic tissue around orthodontic wires and/or brackets. Also, unlike most electrosurgery units, the soft tissue diode laser is safe to use with patients who have a pacemaker. In contrast to the use of an electrotome or scalpel, when using a laser the tissue separates gently and easily with the laser and hemostasis is achieved rapidly and there is minimal post-operative swelling.
Laser in Periodontal disease treatment
When treating patients with periodontal disease, the laser probe can be introduced into the pocket and provide a bactericidal and detoxifying effect. Studies have shown that there is a remarkable reduction in the bacterium called A. Actinomycetemcomitans with the introduction of the laser compared to that accomplished with deep scaling and root planning alone. It is also interesting to note that in light of all the increased awareness of the mouth-body connection that A. Actinomycetemcomitans has been found in artherosclerotic plaque associated with coronary heart disease
The patient presented with Gingival Hyperplasia (Overgrowth of the gum tissue).
We carried out Periodontal Treatment (Cuerretage and Root Planning) combined with a Laser Gingivectomy. Wound healing was quick and uncomplicated.
(Treatment by Dr. med. dent. Peer Nelz)