Many dental procedures often require manipulation of soft tissues surrounding the teeth. Traditionally, a small surgical blade would often be used to perform procedures such as:
- Esthetic Crown Lengthening (treatment of a gummy smile)
- Implant exposure
- Frenulum release
- Soft-tissue biopsy
- Gingival (gum-tissue) overgrowth removal
- Exposure of slowly erupting teeth
Contemporary soft-tissue dental lasers now enable the dentist to remove soft-tissues without creating any bleeding, and with faster healing timeframes. Use of soft-tissue lasers often allows the dentist to perform more delicate procedures, thus creating a situation that is more amenable for the patient.