Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry

A Gentler Treatment Option

Welcome to Waxahachie Family Dentistry, where we take pride in providing exceptional dental care using cutting-edge technology. Our Waxahachie dentist Dr. Scott Clinton is committed to staying at the forefront of advancements in dentistry, which has led us to incorporate soft tissue laser dentistry into our practice. With state-of-the-art laser technology, our patients have a more comfortable dental experience and enjoy better results.

two women enjoying an ice cream cone after soft tissue laser dentistry

What Is Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry?

Soft tissue laser dentistry is a groundbreaking technology that uses laser energy. The laser can perform a wide range of dental procedures involving the gums and other soft tissues in the oral cavity. At Waxahachie Family Dentistry, our skilled dental professionals employ advanced soft tissue laser technology to perform gum contouring, frenectomy, crown lengthening, and gum disease treatment. By harnessing the power of laser light, we can provide our patients with more precise and minimally invasive treatments.

The Benefits of Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry

Soft tissue laser dentistry offers a multitude of advantages over traditional dental techniques. Let’s explore some of the key benefits:

  • Reduced Discomfort: Soft tissue lasers minimize discomfort, requiring minimal or no anesthetic. The laser’s precision allows for targeted treatment, reducing trauma to surrounding tissues and enhancing patient comfort.
  • Faster Healing: Lasers in dental procedures promote faster healing and reduce the risk of infection. Laser energy stimulates tissue regeneration and coagulates blood vessels, minimizing bleeding and accelerating healing.
  • Minimally Invasive: Soft tissue lasers are minimally invasive that preserve healthy tissues. The laser can precisely target the treatment area, resulting in less damage to surrounding structures.
  • Reduced Swelling: Laser energy in soft tissue dentistry minimizes swelling and inflammation. This means less post-operative discomfort for patients and a quicker return to their daily activities.
  • Enhanced Precision: Soft tissue lasers allow for precise control during procedures, ensuring accurate treatment and minimizing the risk of damage to nearby structures. This precision leads to better aesthetic outcomes and improved overall oral health.

How Does Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Work?

The soft tissue laser emits a narrow beam of light that interacts with the targeted tissues in the mouth. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the water and pigment in the soft tissues, causing them to gently vaporize or coagulate. This process allows our dental professionals at Waxahachie Family Dentistry to precisely remove or reshape gum tissue, eliminate bacteria during gum disease treatment, and perform other soft tissue procedures with utmost accuracy.

Common Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Procedures

Soft tissue lasers can be applied to various dental procedures to improve oral health and aesthetics. Here are some of the most common procedures performed at Waxahachie Family Dentistry using soft tissue lasers:

Gum Contouring

Gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping, is a cosmetic procedure that involves reshaping the gum line to create a more balanced and attractive smile. Soft tissue lasers allow for the precise removal of excess gum tissue, improving the symmetry and proportion of the teeth and gums.


A frenectomy is a procedure that involves the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that connects the lips or tongue to the gums. Soft tissue lasers offer a precise and minimally invasive method for performing frenectomies. By using laser energy, our dental professionals at Waxahachie Family Dentistry can effectively release the tension caused by an overactive frenulum, improving oral function and preventing issues such as speech impediments or restricted movement of the lips or tongue.

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure that involves reshaping the gumline and removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth’s surface. Soft tissue lasers make crown lengthening procedures more comfortable and efficient. The laser precisely removes the excess gum tissue while sealing blood vessels and reducing the risk of bleeding. This results in a faster healing process and improved aesthetics.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Laser dentistry is highly effective in the treatment of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. The laser’s energy can selectively target and remove infected gum tissue, promoting gum health and reducing the presence of bacteria. Additionally, the laser’s ability to stimulate tissue regeneration helps healthy gums reattach to the teeth, aiding in the overall healing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Soft tissue laser dentistry is a safe and approved dental technique. Experienced laser dental professionals have years of training in soft tissue lasers for the highest level of patient safety.

Soft tissue laser dentistry is designed to minimize discomfort during dental procedures. In many cases, an anesthetic isn’t required, as the laser’s precision reduces trauma to surrounding tissues. However, you may still experience a sensation of warmth or slight pressure during the treatment.

The recovery time after a soft tissue laser procedure is significantly shorter compared to traditional methods. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment. However, our dental professionals will provide specific post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Coverage for soft tissue laser dentistry may vary depending on your insurance provider and the specific treatment being performed. It’s best to consult with your insurance company to determine your coverage options. It’s also a good idea to ask your dentist if they provide any in-office financing options.

Care For Your Gums — Schedule Your Visit With Dr. Clinton

Soft tissue laser dentistry at Waxahachie Family Dentistry is revolutionizing dental care. With its numerous advantages, including reduced discomfort, faster healing, and enhanced precision, soft tissue laser dentistry offers patients a more comfortable and efficient dental experience. Our skilled dental professionals are dedicated to utilizing this cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional care while maintaining oral health and aesthetics.

If you’re seeking state-of-the-art dental treatments that prioritize your comfort and well-being, contact Waxahachie Family Dentistry at (972) 885-3335 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting new and returning patients from Waxahachie and surrounding areas such as Red Oak, Midlothian, Maypearl, and Ennis, TX.