Laser Pocket Reduction

Laser Pocket Reduction

At Family Smiles Dental Care, our team use soft tissue lasers for laser pocket reduction treatment. This treatment helps reduce tissue pockets in the gums caused by periodontal disease. Learn more about this procedure below or call our dental office in Rochester Hills, MI, at 248-853-2222 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Pocket reduction, sometimes referred to as gingivectomy or flap surgery, is a procedure designed to eliminate harmful bacteria and reduce inflammation in your gums and teeth. This reduces bacterial spread and halts bone loss as well as facilitating more effective home care. Our dentist and team use a soft tissue laser to perform this treatment to ensure a more comfortable experience as well as a more precise and effective treatment process.

Our dentist will begin your pocket reduction surgery by administering anesthetic to ensure your comfort. We will then gently pull your gums back and remove bacteria and calculus using the laser. We will also administer antibiotics to kill any remaining bacteria and encourage your gums to heal after they are placed back into position.

You may find that you experience an increase in gum and tooth sensitivity after your pocket reduction treatment. This should subside shortly. You can expect to see an improvement in the health of your gums and teeth within a few weeks.

If you have any questions about laser pocket reduction, and if you want to schedule a consultation with our dentist and team, please contact our office today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of using soft tissue lasers in dental treatments?

Soft tissue lasers offer several advantages for dental treatments, including:

  • Greater Accuracy and Control: Lasers provide precise treatment, minimizing damage to surrounding tissues and enhancing the effectiveness of procedures.
  • Reduced Bleeding and Infection Risk: The laser’s precision reduces bleeding and lowers the risk of infection, promoting faster healing.
  • Faster Treatment and Recovery Time: Procedures are quicker, and recovery times are shorter compared to traditional methods.
  • Enhanced Comfort: Many patients find laser treatments more comfortable, often requiring little to no anesthesia. The quiet operation of lasers, emitting only a soft humming sound, also contributes to a more pleasant experience.
What types of dental procedures can be performed with soft tissue lasers?

Soft tissue lasers are versatile tools used in a variety of dental procedures, including:

  • Periodontal Treatments: Such as gingivectomy and crown lengthening to treat gum disease.
  • Frenectomy: Removing the frenum, which can improve oral function and aesthetics.
  • Cold and Canker Sores: Providing relief and promoting healing.
  • Uncovering Impacted Teeth: Assisting in orthodontic treatments.
  • Removing Damaged Gum Tissue: To improve oral health and aesthetics.
  • Recontouring the Gumline: For a more balanced and pleasing smile.
  • Lesion Removal and Oral Tissue Biopsies: For diagnostic and treatment purposes.

Additionally, some soft tissue lasers can be used for treating sleep apnea, aiding in dental implant recovery, removing benign tumors, and performing teeth whitening treatments.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact Family Smiles Dental Care at (248) 853-2222.

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