The Clear Choice For Dental Implants & Periodontics
Welcome to the Office of Barry P. Levin DMD PC
Laser Periodontics in Bristol
Minimally Invasive Laser Periodontal Therapy
In periodontics lasers are used to make procedures less invasive by minimizing patient discomfort and avoiding trauma to the gums. Dental lasers can be used to:
- reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
- expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
- remove muscle attachments that limit proper tongue or lip movement.
- remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
- perform biopsy procedures.
- remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
- remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
- speed up tooth whitening procedures.
- Remove black gums.
- Treat infected dental implants.
Laser Gum Surgery
Although lasers have not been proven scientifically to show better results over conventional therapies, Lasers are used to create a pain free environment. In some cases, the laser may be used to reduce gum diseases and avoid a surgical procedure. Research from the American Academy of Periodontology suggests that using lasers as an adjunct to scaling and root planing (SRP) may improve the effectiveness of this procedure. In addition, when lasers are used properly during periodontal therapy, the patient experiences less bleeding, swelling and discomfort during surgery.
Cold Sore Treatment
Dr. Levin provides laser treatment for cold sores and canker sores. By using a laser, Dr. Levin can more effectively treat cold sores and canker sores. Usually cold sores remain in the mouth for 2 weeks and are painful. With laser removal, the sores can be fully eliminated in 2-3 days, promoting faster healing and prevents them from spreading to other parts of the mouth. If you notice signs of a cold sore, such as a tingling, itching, or painful feeling around your mouth and lips, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment as soon as possible.
Laser Gum Discoloration Treatment
A natural reason that a person may have darker gums that are black or dark brown is skin pigmentation balance. Just as skin color can vary, so can gum color. For some people, often of non-Caucasian descent, gums can have spotted darkness or may not be pink at all. Patients with discolored gums have the option to whiten (pink) with a non invasive procedure using lasers. Depending on the amount of discoloration or how dark the gums are, a single or multiple procedures may be necessary.