Laser dentistry enables practitioners to manage soft tissue procedures in a clinically effective manner producing results which are generally more predictable reducing patient post-op pain and discomfort. Using the laser consistently enables the practitioner to administer fewer local anesthesias which are better all around for both dentist and patient. Lasers can be used effectively and efficiently on various soft tissue procedures including gingival troughing, gingivectomies, uncovering implants, for decontamination and desensitizing procedures. It is rapidly becoming the 21st century replacement for the scapel.
The FDA has cleared the following indications for use of the Picasso dental laser.
• Gingival troughing for crown impressions
• Gingival incision and excision
• Hemostasis and coagulation
• Excision and incision biopsies
• Exposure of unerupted teeth
• Fibroma removal
• Frenectomy and frenotomy
• Implant recovery
• Incision and drainage of abscess
• Oral papillectomies
• Pulpotomy as an adjunct to root canal therapy
• Reduction of gingival hypertrophy
• Soft tissue crown lengthening
• Treatment of canker sores, herpetic, and aphthous ulcers of the oral mucosa
Laser periodontal procedures, including:
• Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased, infected, inflamed, and necroses soft tissue in the periodontal pocket to improve clinical indices including gingival bleeding
index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment loss and tooth mobility).
• Laser and soft tissue curettage
• Removal of diseased, infected, inflamed and necrosed soft tissue within the periodontal pocket.
• Removal of highly inflamed edematous tissue affected by bacteria penetration of the pocket lining and junctional epithelium.