A 16-year-old female asked:
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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?

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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
42 years experience Dentistry
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.
Answered on Jul 13, 2015
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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
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.
Answered on May 5, 2015
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
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

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