South Shore Long Island
Periodontics & Implantology P.C.
Dr. Leslie G. Batnick, D.D.S.
Dr. Lois B. Levine, D.D.S.
Dr. Joo H. Kim, D.D.S.
Diplomates, American Board of Periodontology

LASER

State-of-the-art technology has allowed for laser therapy to be an integral part of our periodontal and implant practice. Laser procedures are so precise that healthy surrounding tissue is scarcely affected.

Our CO2 laser gives us an exceptional level of control in performing certain periodontal procedures.

What Are the Advantages to Using a Laser?

One of the key advantages to incorporating laser therapy into our practice is the incredible precision it allows our doctors. Since the CO2 laser has a very minimal absorption depth, it doesn’t damage or compromise the underlying or surrounding tissue structures. This means that we are able to preserve more healthy tissue, which is always one of our goals.

Additionally, laser therapy reduces the need for anesthetic. You’ll find that treatment with a laser results in less discomfort, swelling, and bleeding. Often, this translates to shorter healing times.

The laser can also be used to reduce bacteria, effectively and efficiently treating infections without the need for antibiotics, which could have systemic side effects.

Indications for Laser Therapy

At South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology, we use our laser in many applications, including:

Biopsies – The laser allows us to precisely excise a tiny portion of tissue or remove an entire lesion with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.

Frenectomy (upper and lower) – This procedure is done to reduce or eliminate an overgrown frenum, the band of tissue that connects your upper and lower lip to the gums. The lingual frenum, beneath the tongue, may also be overgrown or too tight, which results in a condition often referred to as “tongue tie.” Frenectomies performed with a scalpel can be uncomfortable and may bleed a great deal. Laser frenectomies are more comfortable and have very little bleeding.

Ginigivectomy – We can reduce or sculpt gum tissue to either expose more surface area of the tooth for treatment or to give it a more pleasing contour.

Papillectomy – Papilla are invasive growths or lesions that can occur in the soft tissues of your mouth. The laser allows us to remove these without affecting the surrounding tissue.

Vestibuloplasty – This procedure is done to modify the oral cavity, usually to increase the height or width of the gum region when we are preparing you for dental implants or dentures.

Gingival Hyperplasia – We use the laser to remove excess soft tissue that could be affecting the health or appearance of your teeth.

Laser Re-attachment Procedure – This procedure is also known as pocket decontamination or sulcus sterilization. It is often an important step in treating periodontal disease.

Treatment of peri-implant diseases – In the event your implant should develop an infection or other condition, we can use the laser to treat the condition without damaging the implant or the surrounding tissue.

Uncovering of implants – After implant integration has taken place, we will use the laser to uncover your implants without harming nearby tissue.

Crown lengthening – This treatment is often done to expose more tooth structure in the event that a tooth has broken or eroded. With more tooth structure exposed, we can shape the tooth for treatment with a crown.

Treatment of apthous ulcers, lichen planus, leukoplakia – These troublesome and uncomfortable conditions can be quickly addressed using our dental lasers.

There are many indications to using the laser, please consult our doctors if you would like any further information on its uses.