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Blade-free Radiosurgery Offers new Cosmetic

Hailed as the latest alternative to traditional dental surgery,  radiosurgery is replacing scalpels, being used for numerous cosmetic  and surgical procedures and gaining widespread acceptance by patients  and practitioners, according to dentists at the 45th annual meeting of  the Academy of General Dentistry.

Radiosurgery, a safe, time-saving and stress-free dental technique,  uses radio waves instead of a scalpel to render a pressureless,  bloodless, micro-smooth incision and minimize surgical time and  post-operative treatment for the patient. Dentists can program the  wand-like instrument to produce four different radio waveforms to be  used for various procedures ranging from bleaching teeth to gum surgery  to biopsies.

    Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic radiosurgery procedures produce a variety of immediate   aesthetic results. “For instance, gummy smiles that result from excess   gum tissue that covers the top of the front teeth can be corrected,”  said Jeffrey A. Sherman, DDS, and faculty member for the post-graduate  dental program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Radiosurgery is unique in that directly after excess tissue is removed through a  pressureless incision, a patient can look in the mirror and see their  new ‘toothier’ smile. In contrast, if a scalpel was used to remove the  tissue, the patient would have to wait a few days for the wounds to  heal before seeing the results.”

Whiter, brighter smiles are also attainable through radiosurgery  techniques. Peroxide solution is placed directly on the teeth and  heated with radio waves from a spoon-shaped electrode, which penetrates  and dissolves topical stains and produces longer-lasting, whiter teeth.

“Heating the bleaching gels with a radio wave has shown to produce a  quicker, rapid uptake in teeth bleaching as opposed to using a topical  application that has not been heated with radio waves.”

Radiosurgery is used for contouring the gum tissue to establish more  aesthetic porcelain veneers. The porcelain veneers, ultra-thin shells  of ceramic material used to improve tooth appearance, are then bonded  directly to the front teeth.

During crown impression procedures, dentists use radio waves to cut  away the gum that surrounds the base of the tooth and take an  impression so the crown will rest properly when permanently fitted.  “Radiosurgery is important during crown impressions because it removes  and prevents any blood or tissue from covering the tooth. A more  predictable impression is taken and the patient can be assured the  permanent crown will fit properly,” said Dr. Sherman.

Radio waves are also used to remove swollen gums or reshape the palate,  the roof of a denture wearer’s mouth. “As a result of wearing dentures  for many years, patients’ gums become inflamed or the roof of their  mouth becomes misshaped, which causes their dentures to slide or fit  uncomfortably,” said Dr. Sherman. “The patient can have properly  fitting dentures again.”

“Cosmetically, radiosurgery results are superb. Because there is no  bleeding, there is no mess and the patient can see immediate instant  results,” said Dr. Sherman.

    Surgical Procedures

Radiosurgery is also used for various surgical procedures such as gum  surgeries; surgical root canals; frenectomies or removal of a muscle  that grows between the two front teeth; and biopsies of questionable  lesions.

“For the patient, the advantages of radiosurgery far outweigh the  traditional use of a scalpel during surgery because of the little, if  any, bleeding during procedures, minimized operative time and better   post-operative results,” said Dr. Sherman.