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What is the process for a gingivectomy via laser?

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Dr. Peter Karsant answered

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Laser: The amount of tissue to be removed is mapped out and after anesthesia the tissue is lasered off.

Answered 4/27/2013

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Dr. Sharon Perelman answered

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Laser: A laser is wonderful for a gingivectomy. The laser removes the gum tissue and seals the blood vessels so no stitches are needed.

Answered 8/19/2015

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Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

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Easy procedure: After placement of anesthetic (not much is usually needed), a diode (soft tissue) laser is used to quickly trim excess gum tissue (gingivectomy) & the area may be re-contoured (gingivoplasty).Because the laser "cauterizes" the blood vessels & nerve endings, there is limited or no bleeding and usually minor discomfort. Healing is usually within 1 week or less depending upon the size of the area.

Answered 12/10/2013

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte answered

Specializes in Periodontics

Surgery: Once numb with local anesthesia, the dentist uses a laser to remove, actually vaporize tissue, instead of cutting it away with a blade. There is less bleeding with the laser than with a blade.

Answered 7/12/2013

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