U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Snohomish, WA
A 16-year-old female asked:

I have braces and a canine tooth being pulled into place.ortho wants to remove excess gum tissue with a laser.with a low pain tolerance, will it hurt?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Local used: Local anesthesia is used, even with a laser. There will be no pain , because you will be numb and the use of a laser will speed the healing process. I'm sure you will have an amazing result! After the local wears off, you will probably need little to no pain medicine, probably just some over the counter will be perfect.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 52 years experience
Laser surgery: I would assume that a local anesthetic will be used, so regardless of how the tissue is removed, the procedure should be pain free. That being said, laser surgery and the resulting post-op healing are generally less painful.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Know that often malposed teeth need extra gum removed from tongue side and graft to add gum on cheek side. Consultation with a Periodontist, a gum specialist, may be in order.
Jul 22, 2014
Last updated Jul 13, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.