A laser gingivectomy is a cosmetic and periodontal procedure that uses a laser to remove excess or overgrown gum tissue. It is performed to improve the appearance of the gums and enhance the aesthetics of the smile. The procedure is used to correct a "gummy" smile, where the gums appear too prominent, or to treat gum disease, which can cause the gums to recede and expose the roots of the teeth.
Laser gingivectomy differs from traditional gingivectomy, which involves the surgical removal of gum tissue with a scalpel or other surgical instrument. Laser gingivectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a highly precise laser to remove only the targeted tissue. This results in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort for the patient, as well as a faster and more predictable recovery.
Additionally, the laser cauterizes the tissue as it is removed, reducing the risk of infection and the need for sutures. The laser also seals the blood vessels, reducing bleeding and promoting faster healing. The laser's precision and ability to cauterize the tissue also helps to minimize the damage to surrounding healthy tissue, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing outcome.
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