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Soft Tissue Lasers - Implant Exposure

 

Soft tissue diode lasers can be used for a variety of procedures in implantology. For instance, they can be used to expose submerged implants for repair/extraction. The laser can remove gingival tissue around the implant without charring and with minimal healing time after the procedure. Once implants are exposed, impressions can be made or abutments can be placed in preparation for implant restoration.

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this video, the viewer should:

  • Understand a new procedure that can be performed using a soft tissue diode laser.
  • See the benefits of using a soft tissue diode laser for the exposure of submerged implants.

 

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