Dentistry has changed in many ways over the last couple decades. One of the more recent changes is the growing use of lasers. Some lasers can be used on both hard and soft tissue, and some lasers are designed specifically for soft tissue use. At My Family Dentist we use soft tissue lasers from Biolase. Specifically, the ezlase and the iLase.
Soft tissue lasers can be used for a large number of conditions. The most common use in our office is reshaping of tissue when doing fillings and crowns. This allows for better access and a better seal for the final restoration. We also use the laser to treat cold sores, remove soft tissue lesions (E.g. elevated bumps on the inner cheek or lip), reshape overgrown tissue, frenectomies, and aid in treatment of gum disease.