One of the most exciting advances in dentistry involves the use of lasers. At our Athens office, Drs. Risinger and Murphy utilize a soft- and hard-tissue laser to deliver a variety of treatments. Minimally invasive laser dentistry increases patient comfort, reduces procedure time, and provides innumerable advantages over traditional methods of dental surgery.

Laser Treatment of Gum Disease

Gum (periodontal) disease is a destructive bacterial infection that damages teeth, gum, and bone tissue. A major contributor to adult tooth loss, gum disease is often silent in the early stage, working under the radar to wreak havoc with oral and, ultimately, overall health. Drs. Risinger and Murphy offer laser treatment of gum disease to alleviate painful symptoms and renew gum health. The pinpoint accuracy of the laser lets the doctors treat only the affected tissue and remove infection to promote healing. You may not need anesthesia with laser surgery, and you’ll heal faster than you would following surgery with a scalpel.

Lasers in Cosmetic Dentistry

A soft-tissue laser is the tool of choice to reveal smiles hidden behind excess gum tissue. The laser seals tissue as it moves along the gum line, so bleeding is minimal, as is the risk of infection. You won’t need stitches following your laser gum recontouring, and you’ll quickly resume normal activities.

Lasers in Soft-Tissue Grafting

Drs. Risinger and Murphy may recommend a gum grafting procedure to expose tooth structure prior to placement of a crown, cover exposed tooth roots, or improve the esthetics of a smile. By using a laser to perform delicate gum grafting surgery, the doctor dramatically increases your comfort and lessens the time you spend in the dental chair.

Call today to schedule your appointment with us. Our Athens office is conveniently located and home to quality care for lasting smiles.