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Soft Tissue Laser - Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

Soft Tissue Laser - Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

Soft tissue diode lasers can be used to recreate or enhance facial aesthetics in patients. Shaping of the gingival contour and overall osseous architecture for aesthetic symmetry (eg, recontouring gingival margins to reduce a "gummy" smile) may be achieved with lasers. Laser instruments can be used to remove gingival hyperpigmentation, which is a part of cosmetic treatment plans in many cultures. In addition, tooth discoloration can be treated by laser-activated tooth whitening. Dental lasers are ideal for use in aesthetic treatment plans because all dental laser wavelengths may be used for soft tissue surgery.

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this video, the viewer should:

  • Understand how to use a soft tissue diode laser to achieve aesthetic crown lengthening.
  • Understand how soft tissue diode lasers can be used for a variety of aesthetic treatment procedures.

 

Related Reading:

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