Dr. Walker stays on top of the latest technology and techniques to better serve his patients. Using a soft tissue laser for orthodontics can help remove and reshape gum tissue with reduced side effects compared to conventional surgical methods. Some of the more common laser procedures Dr. Walker performs are gum tissue recontouring for bracket placement or esthetic concern, adjustment of the band tissue that connects the lip to the gum tissue and treatment of inflamed tissue resulting from poor oral hygiene.
The following pictures are actual patients that have had procedures with a soft tissue laser by Dr. Walker.
In the first photo, gums appear puffy and swollen. By recontouring the gums, it lengthens the look of the teeth by reducing the amount of gum tissue showing and enhances the smile.
The band of tissue that connects the lip to the gum is called the frenum. When a patient has a low frenum attachment, it can cause a space to open up between the two front teeth. Dr. Walker uses the laser to remove part of the frenum.
Before and after pictures of the release of a tongue tie.
Tongue tie is a condition present at birth that restricts the tongue's range of motion. With tongue-tie, an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue tethers the bottom of the tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth. Dr. Walker uses the laser to release the band to allow better range of motion for the tongue.
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