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Soft Tissue Lasers - Gingivectomy

Soft Tissue Lasers - Gingivectomy

When fibrous tissue develops around teeth and prevents proper tooth emergence into the dental arch, lasers may be used to remove the excess fibrous tissue. During orthodontic treatment, some pediatric patients experience hypertrophy of gingival tissue. This condition usually results from poor oral hygiene or mouth breathing. Lasers can easily remove excess tissue and restore the proper gingival contour. Lasers may also be required for patients who are prescribed certain drugs that cause gingival hyperplasia as a common side effect.

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this video, the viewer should:

  • Understand a new procedure which can be performed using a soft tissue laser.
  • Know the steps and guidelines for performing a gingivectomy with a soft tissue laser.

 

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