Soft Tissue Laser in Locust Valley



What is a Soft Tissue Laser?

Soft tissue lasers in dentistry are exactly what they sound like: laser devices that affect the soft tissues of the mouth; namely, the gums, cheek, and palate. There are many different soft tissue lasers, each with its own benefits and purpose.

Laser dentistry offers many advantages when compared to traditional dental tools, most notably in the increased comfort and efficiency of procedures. The FDA first approved laser technology for use in dentistry back in the 1980s, and emerging laser technology continues to earn approval as it is developed.

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At the Locust Valley Dentists, your dental exam and cleaning includes...

1. Thorough and gentle cleaning and polishing of your teeth.

2. Removal of plaque deposits to reduce your risk of tooth decay.
3. Tips on how to brush and floss effectively at home.
4. Full exam of your teeth and gum for signs of decay and disease.
5. Quick and non-invasive oral cancer screening and bite alignment analysis.
6. Time with your dentist to ask questions and create a treatment plan.

What Conditions Does Soft Tissue Laser Treat?

Laser dentistry is a versatile field of practice, with multiple laser devices available to dentists to treat specific conditions or to be used in conjunction with more traditional procedures. Common conditions treated by soft tissue lasers include periodontal disease, “gummy” smile, frenectomy, gingivitis, and more.

Periodontal Disease Laser Therapy

Soft tissue lasers are highly effective at treating periodontitis, as they are able to penetrate deep into periodontal pockets to kill bacteria without harming gum tissue. When used in addition to scaling and root planning, a soft tissue laser increases treatment efficacy and aid the healing process by speeding recovery and reducing pain.

Gingival Contouring

There are several reasons why a soft tissue laser may be used to re-shape gum tissue. One is to increase the amount of tooth surface area available to affix a crown, a procedure known as crown lengthening. In addition, laser contouring of the gums can be used to correct a “gummy smile,” where a large proportion of the gums is seen when smiling.


Those with a stiff or thick frenulum, which is the fold of skin seen under the tongue or lip, can have difficulty making certain sounds, resulting in speech impediments. As an alternative to uncomfortable, labor-intensive procedures, soft tissue dental lasers can be used to gently remove tissue from the frenulum, providing effective relief from symptoms with little recovery time.

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How often do I need an exam and cleaning?

Patients with healthy teeth and gums will benefit the most from 2 dental exams and cleanings every year. If you have periodontal disease or other concerns, we may recommend more frequent exams and cleanings to ensure your long-term health.

How long will my dental exam and cleaning take?

Expect your exam and cleaning to take about an hour — maybe a little more if it’s your first visit to the Locust Valley Dentists.

What’s the difference between a cleaning and a deep cleaning?

Deep cleanings are generally recommended for those who either have or are at high risk of gum disease. A deep cleaning removes bacteria beyond the gumline while our standard cleanings focus on the gumline and the surfaces of your teeth.

Will my cleaning be covered by insurance?

It’s impossible to know for sure without looking into the details of your specific plan. However, most plans are the most generous when covering preventive care like a cleaning and exam. With many PPO insurance plans, the out-of-pocket cost is very low and often $0.

Benefits of Soft Tissue Laser Treatment

Whether used on its own or alongside conventional dental techniques, soft tissue lasers have a host of benefits for many applications. First, they minimize the need for incisions and sutures in some procedures, which can be painful and increases the number of visits needed for treating a condition.

Second, lasers promote blood clotting, sterilize the treatment area, and stimulate tissue for healing and even regrowth. All this adds up to a more comfortable experience at the dentist with shorter recovery times, decreased pain, and fewer risks.

Who is a Candidate for Soft Tissue Laser Treatment?

Anyone who needs special dental care beyond routine checkups or fillings can be a candidate for soft tissue laser treatment. Specifically, people who have periodontal disease or who need a gum contouring procedure are excellent candidates for treatments that include soft tissue lasers.

How Does Laser Dentistry Work?

Lasers are fast becoming a popular technology in many healthcare sectors for their ability to be precise, effective, and stimulate various tissues to enhance the healing process. All dentistry lasers, including soft tissue lasers, utilize light energy of a highly specific wavelength to achieve their results.

The most common and effective soft tissue laser for use in dentistry has a wavelength of 980 nm that is absorbed by gum tissue to ablate, or vaporize, the targeted area. Laser energy seals wounds instantly, minimizing or preventing bleeding and reducing swelling.

Soft Tissue Laser FAQs

Does insurance cover laser dentistry?

Whether insurance covers the cost of laser dentistry depends on which procedure its being used for and whether your insurance covers that procedure.

Does laser dentistry hurt?

Most patients report very little discomfort from their laser dental procedures, with the predominant feeling of a warming sensation during treatment.

How is laser used in dentistry?

Laser technology can be used to treat periodontal disease, contour the gum line, and reduce the size of the frenulum, which is the band of skin under the tongue.

How much does laser cavity removal cost?

Laser cavity removal will vary in cost for each patient. On average, a procedure will cost between $200-400.

Is Laser Dentistry better?

There are several benefits to soft tissue laser dentistry. During a consultation, Dr. Koster can explain whether this is a better option for you.

Is laser gum treatment effective?

Yes, patients can enjoy faster results and less pain than traditional techniques when laser dentistry can address their unique procedure needs.

Is laser necessary for deep cleaning?

For regular dental cleanings, a laser is not needed to achieve a professional clean.

Is laser treatment on teeth safe?

Laser treatments are safe for the teeth.

What is soft tissue laser dental?

Soft tissue lasers are used to treat the gums, cheek, or palate for periodontal disease treatment, gingival contouring, or frenectomy.

Why do people get their gums lasered?

Many patients who choose to have their gums treated with lasers do so for cosmetic reasons.

Nervous About Visiting the Dentist?

The dentists and hygienists at Locust Valley Dentists are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. We offer our patients eyewear, headphones, soothing music, aromatherapy, and blankets to decrease anxiety during treatment. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life.


  • Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules


  • There’s never any stress or judgment here


  • Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind


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Recovery from Soft Tissue Laser

The recovery and results of soft tissue laser treatment depend almost entirely on the issue being treated. Some treatments require multiple visits, and others can be completed the same day. In general, the use of a soft tissue laser reduces recovery time when used in conjunction with traditional tools, and when performed by itself, healing takes just a few days.

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry in Locust Valley

No matter what dental concern you have, Locust Valley Dentists are here to help. Our top New York dentists are committed to helping you feel comfortable from the moment you walk into the time you leave by creating a soothing atmosphere for all five senses. When you need advanced dental care, soft tissue lasers can make your treatment faster, simpler, and less painful. To find out if you can benefit from this advanced technology, call us today at 516-759-2288 or contact us online.

No Insurance? No problem.

Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the healthy smile you’ve always wanted! At Locust Valley Dentists, we work with our patients and offer a variety of financing options. Wondering how much your dental exam and cleaning will cost? We’re here to answer all of your questions.

Insurance & Financing

For your exam, our office is able to work with many PPO insurance providers.

Our friendly front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your insurance benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.

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" Dr. Koster is a great dentist who is patient, attentive, and gentle.  She took the time to explain every treatment option available and made sure that all of my questions and concerns were addressed. The staff is very friendly and always willing to work around my schedule.  I would definitely recommend Dr. Koster for your dental care. "

- Jeniza K.

I love this office! Dr Koster knows what she’s doing and has great staff that are friendly and professional! What I appreciate the most is her attention to detail, looking out for my best interest and letting me know what’s happening with my health so I can take better care of myself. This Doctor is truly someone who cares about her patients!!! "

- Renee S.

Dr. Adrianne Koster is Amazing! She is caring, gentle, extremely personable, and provides exceptional dentistry. The staff is very professional and nice. Thank you! I love my new smile. "

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