A laser creates gingival margin space for a porcelain veneer on a palatally-displaced tooth. One benefit of laser dentistry is that, unlike using a scalpel or electrosurgery to remove gum, the gingival margin will not subsequently change shape during healing. This means the laser dentist may take a final impression immediately after performing the procedure. This saves both the dentist and patient time because a subsequent visit, typically six weeks after using a scalpel or electrosurgery, will not be needed. Before and after photos on Laser Dentistry using a Sol Laser performed in our Gum Disease Treatment office. Though initially intimidating for many dentists Laser Dentistry will become familiar and intuitive after continued use and experience. Taking one or more continuing education courses is strongly encouraged before purchasing a laser. We find the Sol Laser simple and effective for most needs any general dentist will encounter in routine practice.
We are usng a Sol laser here because it is simple, works well and is reasonably priced. We placed bonding initially to give the patient an idea of how the tooth could look. This tooth was originally pushed very far in (towards the palate) and we brought the bonding out towards the lip for the patient to see how nice it could look. Now what were gong to do is laser the gingival margin (gums) in this area so we will make room for a normal sized porcelain veneer.
The laser is right here at the apical end of where the cosmetic porcelain veneer will end. Next we will prepare (drill) this tooth for a porcelain veneer. And the porcelain veneer will come to the apical end of this tooth to create a tooth that appears to be full-sized and out towards the lip like the surrounding teeth.
This is Dr. Jeff Dorfman at the Center for Special Dentistry in New York.