Dr. Tatevossian generally uses a local anesthesia prior to performing laser gum contouring. Different types of dental lasers have been created to treat different conditions. Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use. The most common types of dental lasers are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems. Dr. Tatevossian will decide which type of laser is best to use after conducting X-rays and a thorough examination.
The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes. The beam is directed at the affected area and carefully dissolves the soft tissue. This procedure is far less invasive than surgically reducing the gumline. The gum tissue will be removed as much as necessary to create a natural, even look.