Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

Unhealthy gums negatively affect your oral and overall health. If you have excess gum tissue, you may also feel self-consciouswhen smiling.

At Center For Dental Excellence, we use laser dentistry to perform soft tissue procedures with less discomfort and a faster recovery.

What are the benefits of choosing a dentist who offers laser dentistry? 

Dental Lasers Are Advanced Tools



Improved Comfort

In general, lasers make dental procedures more comfortable for patients. They do not produce the same sounds that drills do, which make them a great treatment option for patients who suffer from dental phobia.


Expedited Treatment Time

Our highly trained dentists can use dental lasers to perform dental care faster than ever before. The laser is precise and only treats unhealthy or excess gum tissue, leaving healthy tissue intact. Because treatment can be completed without incisions or sutures, there is also minimal bleeding during laser procedures.


Faster Recovery

Laser technology seals periodontal tissue it incises, resulting in a shorter recovery an a lower risk of post-operative complications.

Here is how we use laser technology at our dental office…

Does laser dentistry really work?

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*According to the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Journal of Laser Dentistry

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Improved Oral Care with Laser Dentistry

Oftentimes, patients delay dental treatment out of fear of pain or long recovery times. Dentistry may be associated with pain and fear since most traditional procedures are performed with drills or scalpels. We care about your concerns and are passionate about helping you feel comfortable every time you visit us. Our expert team uses the advanced technology of laser dentistry in our state-of-the-art facility to bring you the safest, most minimally invasive, and virtually pain free treatment options available today.

Highly Accurate Soft Tissue Treatment

We commonly use lasers to assist in removing bacteria that cause gum disease. Laser gum therapy precisely targets diseased and infected gum tissue around the tooth roots. While traditional gum surgery may require the removal of healthy gum tissue in order to clean out infection, laser treatment does not harm healthy gum tissue during the process. For other procedures that normally require scalpels and incisions, including frenectomies or gum recontouring, a laser can be used to gently alter or remove excess tissue with minimal bleeding and virtually no pain or post-operative downtime.

Laser dentistry offers many benefits, in addition to being highly accurate:

  • Minimally invasive procedures

  • Requires no drills, scalpels, incisions, or sutures

  • Faster, more accurate procedure overall

  • Minimal bleeding during and after surgery

  • Highly precise for better outcomes

  • Little-to-no post-operative discomfort

  • Can only be performed by a certified clinician

Multiple Options for Increased Comfort

Our office provides multiple laser treatment options for the most comprehensive care and increased comfort during procedures.

Services we offer using advanced laser technology include:

Gum Surgery

This minimally invasive alternative to traditional osseous surgery uses a laser to gently target and remove harmful bacteria buildup along the tooth root. In addition, this treatment helps with tissue regeneration and bone growth.


Tongue-tie or lip-tie occurs when excess connective tissue (frenulum) that attaches the tongue and lips to the mouth restricts their ranges of motion, causing breastfeeding difficulties, speech impediments, and impaired oral hygiene. A laser is used to detach this excess tissue. The procedure causes virtually no bleeding and is so gentle, it rarely requires anesthesia.

Gum Recontouring

This procedure gently recontours an uneven gum line that has too much or too little visible gums. A “gummy” smile can be corrected by removing excess gum tissue from around the crown. Laser recontouring can also correct receding gums by removing pockets around the teeth and sealing the gum tissue back on the tooth root.

Gum Biopsy

In the case that oral lesions, sores, or ulcers appear within the mouth and are a potential cause for concern, a laser biopsy is performed to remove the sample for testing.

Excellence in Oral Health Care

The use of advanced laser technology requires specialized training and certification, and adherence to set safety protocols. Not every dental professional is qualified to perform laser procedures. Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Stephen Strout, is certified in advanced laser technology like LANAP® laser gum therapy and is passionate about bringing excellence in oral health care to every patient.

The Proof is in Our Patients

Kelley’s Experience With Crown Lengthening

Experience virtually pain free treatment and a renewed confidence in your smile and oral health with laser dentistry. Our team is excited to bring you the highest quality care for a lifetime of smiles.

Minimally Invasive, Virtually Pain-Free LANAP® Laser Therapy

Have you been diagnosed with periodontitis, or gum disease? Gum disease is a progressive infection and early intervention can help protect your teeth and gums from long-term consequences, including bleeding gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss. Traditional osseous surgery may have you cringing, however, due to its invasive nature requiring scalpels, incisions and, sutures. While this option has its benefits, advancements in dental treatment have provided doctors with a minimally invasive and virtually pain free alternative. We offer LANAP® laser gum therapy in our office to effectively treat your periodontitis and successfully restore the health of your gums.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a three-stage chronic condition characterized by inflammation, bleeding, and swelling of the gum tissue. Treatment is critical to your oral health as the progression of this disease can lead to tooth loss.


  • Red, Swollen, Inflamed Gums

  • Bleeding When Brushing or Flossing

  • Chronic Bad Breath



  • “Pockets” Form Between the Teeth and Gums

  • Gum Recession

  • Gaps Between the Teeth


What is the LANAP Protocol?

Example of How LANAP® Works

The LANAP protocol is a minimally invasive, patented laser dentistry procedure that successfully eliminates harmful gum disease-causing bacteria. Laser technology is used to gently clear away infection and disease from your teeth and gums without harming surrounding healthy tissue. After the area is free of infection, the laser is used to seal the pocket and encourage rapid healing.

The Benefits of LANAP:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Elimination of scalpels and sutures
  • Faster recovery time
  • Improved patient comfort
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Promotes bone regeneration

Gentle, Predictable Care From a Certified Periodontist

To become certified in the LANAP protocol, doctors are required to take a year-long comprehensive continuum to gain necessary hands-on training and experience on increasingly complicated cases. Dr. Strout is a board-certified periodontist, and has passed all required training and certifications to provide you with the highest level of care in the latest and most minimally-invasive technology and techniques. His superior level of expertise in LANAP ensures your treatment will have predictable and beneficial outcomes, no matter the severity of your gum disease.

Dr. Strout can treat your gum disease with the most minimally invasive and comfortable treatment option available today. Call our office to schedule your consultation.

Experience the Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry can help you improve your oral health in less time and with fewer discomfort. To experience the benefits of laser dentistry for yourself, visit one the three Center for Dental Excellence locations today. Call our St. Augustine office at (904) 530-9278 or request an appointment online to learn more.

At the Center for Dental Excellence, our team is dedicated to exceptional
care by focusing on:

  • Positive patient experiences

  • Comprehensive treatments

  • State-of-the-art technology

  • Continuing education

Contact us online or call us at (904) 530-9278 to schedule your consultation.

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