State of the art lasers let Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich perform safe, precision dentistry that’s more comfortable for you. Laser dentistry eliminates the need for stitches, minimizes bleeding, and results in fast procedure and recovery times.
For example, for patients who have excessive gum tissue, their teeth can appear too short or stubby. What you may not know is that beneath that excessive or overgrown soft tissue, your teeth are just waiting to be revealed. If you have a gummy smile, we may recommend a gum lift, otherwise known as a gingivectomy.
This simple cosmetic procedure can often be performed with our new hand-held soft tissue laser, the iLASE. We’ll talk with you about your options and what to expect during the procedure, then discuss the outcome you want to achieve. The day of your procedure, we’ll mark your gum tissue, make sure that you’re comfortable using anesthesia or sedation, and then precisely remove the excess gum tissue. After a brief recovery, your new smile will look bold, beautiful, better than you thought possible!
For patients who also have excessive bone beneath their gummy smile, we may opt for a procedure called Osseous Crown Lengthening. This can also be performed with the help of our iLASE, and requires additional contouring of the underlying boney support beneath the re-contoured gums to get just the right proportions for your new look.
Laser Gum Lifts may be performed before new porcelain crowns, veneers, or Lumineers are made. Or if the basic shape of your gums is OK but you have a little asymmetry from one tooth to another, the iLASE lets Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich sculpt your gums with pin-point accuracy. If you don’t like the way your smile looks and think you show too much gum or would benefit from subtle gum sculpting, ask Dr. Fisher or Dr. Zitterich if the iLase can help you.
One of the most remarkable uses of the iLASE hand-held laser is in the treatment of fever blisters, cold sores and apthous ulcers (canker sores). Those that suffer with these know and uncomfortable and embarrassing they can be. When treated early, the ILASE can prevent an outbreak from occurring at all. Or if you already have blisters or sores, treatment with the laser can make them fade away much faster.
To help us find small cavities before they become large problems, we use the DIAGNOdent laser to scan teeth for decay and demineralization. This means that fillings, if needed, can be smaller and more conservative. And that translates to less time, trouble and expense for you.