What is the role of dental lasers in TMD management?

Laser TMJ therapy uses light photons, also known as light energy, to penetrate deeply into the tissue around the temporomandibular joint. Although laser light photons are used to penetrate the tissue surrounding the TMJ, they also penetrate the joint itself. This laser energy then reduces inflammation deep inside the tissues and provides immediate relief for you, the patient. Recurrent headaches are a common complaint from patients suffering from TMJ disorders. If a patient undergoes laser TMJ therapy, the headache is almost instantly relieved.

What is laser gum (periodontal) treatment?

Laser periodontal treatment is the latest advanced technology to tackle gum diseases. It is a less invasive technique for treating gum disease than traditional gum surgery. This laser technology is used to gently remove diseased tissue and harmful bacteria from the gums while preserving the height of the gum tissue around the teeth.

What exactly is a frenum?

The frenum is a fleshy tissue of skin that connects the organ to the surrounding tissue. The labial frenum binds the upper lip to the upper gum/jaw. The frenum will impact your mouth in various ways depending on its size or location.

What is laser analgesia?

Analgesia means pain killers. So, with laser, there is low-level stimulation of pulp along with high-level laser therapy, which in turn reduces the pain and leads to an analgesic effect. Laser analgesia is a non-thermal biomodulation of dental pulp reactions. However, in this condition, there is no complete loss of sensation.

Can a tongue tie correction be performed with dental lasers?

Yes, tongue tie correction can be performed with dental lasers. While performing tongue tie correction with laser, Dr. Adatrow will cut and remove the thick lingual frenum with the laser. Laser facilitates faster healing and lesser bleeding too.

What is tongue-tie?

"Restricted lingual frenulum" also called tongue-tie means that the tongue cannot function properly. Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a disorder present at birth that limits the range of motion of the tongue. Due to an excessively short, thick, or tight tissue band (lingual frenulum) connecting the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.

Why should an extended labial frenum be corrected?

The primary concern for "extended maxillary labial frenum" (wide or long labial frenum) is the potential for orthodontic problems. If the labial frenum goes too far down the gum line, it can create a gap between the upper front teeth.

Why is it essential to correct tongue tie?

It is crucial to correct tongue tie because it can interfere with breast-feeding. Tongue-tie can also influence the way a child eats, talks, and swallows. Someone who has a tongue-tie can have trouble holding out his or her tongue. Though tongue-tie does not have any severe health threats, it would have an impact on a child's performance and, ultimately, affect the psychological state of the child.

What is a frenectomy?

Frenectomy may refer to any procedure in which the binding tissue to the body is cut or changed, especially like tongue-tie or a lip tie. It is also known as frenotomy.

Why is the frenectomy required?

Frenectomy might be required if you have a tongue-tie or an extended labial frenum as they can create speech difficulties and create a spacing between the teeth respectively.

How is frenectomy performed?

Labial frenectomy is a minor and standard procedure that generally takes just 10 to 15 minutes and can be performed on babies, children, and adults. It is commonly done in infants. The doctor may use a scalpel or a laser to make a small cut in the frenum or frenulum and relieve the restriction of movement. Sutures would be given to facilitate faster healing of the wound. However, oral hygiene is essential after the procedure to prevent any infections.

When is gingivectomy needed?

Gingivectomy can be done to cure the symptoms of periodontal disease or to remedy a gum disorder involving structures around the teeth. It is one of the few treatments that can help to reverse periodontal problems.

How is tongue-tie correction performed?

For tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) correction, the lingual frenulum (band of tissue) is snipped so that the tongue is no longer anchored to the bottom of the mouth. The discomfort is low since there are not many nerve endings in the tissue. If the tissue is too dense for a frenotomy, a frenuloplasty is required. General anesthesia or sedation might be necessary. Sutures are required when the tissue is snipped.

How is gingivectomy performed with a laser?

Following are the steps involved in gingivectomy with laser -
  • Dr. Adatrow will inject a local anesthetic into your gums to numb the region.
  • He uses the laser to remove fragments of gum tissue. This is referred to as soft tissue incision. The suction will be used during the entire procedure to remove any saliva.
  • After removing the tissue, Dr. Adatrow will use a laser tool to vaporize the remaining tissue and shape the gum.
  • He then places a gentle, putty-like paste and bandages in the area to cover your gums as they recover.

What laser is used in the Advanced Dental Implants and TMJ Center clinic?

We use Waterlase, which is a part of the BIOLASE brand. It is one of the leading innovators in dental lasers in the world.

Why get Laser Dentistry at Advanced Dental Implants & TMJ Center?

We at Advanced Dental & TMJ Center strive to provide world-class care to our patients. We make sure that all our patients are comfortable and satisfied with their treatment. Dr. Adatrow is passionate about providing personalized care. He spends time with the patients, understands his patient's condition, and recommends the best possible treatment. He has intensively trained in the University of Tennessee and Indiana University hospital for treating gum diseases, performing dental laser therapy, and administering sedation to his patients. He is the only practicing board-certified periodontist and prosthodontist in the southern United States. He has experience of more than 17 years.

Am I eligible for laser gum treatment?

Laser gum treatment can be done for almost everyone except for highly severe periodontal disease or people with severe general health issues. Dr. Adatrow will assess your oral and medical health and recommend the optimal treatment for your condition.

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