Soft Tissue Laser – Frenectomies, Exposures, and Gingivectomies


What is a Soft Tissue Laser?

We use advanced lasers in our practice for soft tissue procedures. The lasers are narrow beams of light energy that can penetrate the tissue, producing the ability to vaporize, remove or shape soft tissues such as the gums, cheeks and tongue. This can be especially helpful in orthodontics when there are teeth that have yet to erupt from the gums that need to be moved to progress treatment. Old methods involved cutting tissue, bleeding, stitches, and increased scarring. With these soft tissue lasers, we can quickly and comfortably remove the gum tissue around the tooth so that it can move into proper position. We can also sculpt overgrown gum tissue to make your smile immaculate!

Frenectomy Surgery. What is a Frenum?

A frenectomy (also known as a frenulectomy, frenulotomy or frenotomy) is the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. It can refer to frenula in several places on the human body. It is related to frenuloplasty, a surgical alteration in a frenulum. Done mostly for orthodontic purposes, a frenectomy is either performed inside the middle of upper lip, which is called labial frenectomy, or under the tongue, called lingual frenectomy. Frenectomy is a very common dental procedure in the dental world and is performed both on children and adults.
Frenum’s can cause spaces to reopen in teeth, resorption of surrounding bone, and speech changes. Removal of this frenum can prevent many problems and stabilize the results from orthodontic treatment. Dr. Wickizer is skilled in the soft tissue laser, and performs frenectomies in office, and without the need for general anesthesia, cutting, and stitches.

Exposing Impacted Canines. What is involved?

When a tooth fails to emerge through the gums, it is considered to be an impacted tooth. This commonly occurs in the case of canine teeth.

It is important to treat an impacted tooth in order to prevent the improper eruption of nearby teeth, cyst formation, possible infection or other negative changes in the jaw.

In order to determine the correct treatment for you, your orthodontist will examine your teeth and radiographs to determine the position of the impacted tooth as well as the condition of your gums. One of the treatment options is to surgically expose the tooth in order to guide it to the right position in your jaw. In most cases, you will need to have space created in your jaw through orthodontics prior to the surgical treatment.

Dr. Wickizer is skilled in the use of the soft tissue laser, and if impacted tooth treatment is needed, he can perform this procedure in office. This is often a painless procedure, does not require general anesthesia, and can be performed with zero cutting, bleeding, or stitches.

Example of an Exposed Canine

Soft tissue laser before and after

What is a Gingivectomy? And am I a Candidate?

Gingivectomy is the removal of gum tissue (gingiva) by surgery. Gingivoplasty is a type of gum surgery used to reshape healthy gum tissue around teeth. Gingivoplasty often is done simply to make gums look better, or to help clean teeth much easier. They may have an unusual shape or may not be formed normally. The causes can include a person’s genes, disease, or trauma. Gingivoplasty reshapes the gums to make them look more natural. It can lead to a better overall smile profile after your orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Wickizer is skilled at the use of the soft tissue laser to painlessly and artistically sculpt the gum tissue. This is achieved without general anesthesia, cutting, and stitches.

Example of Gingivecomy Surgery

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