Many of us are familiar with tooth extractions. Let’s face it, the removal of a tooth is the ultimate failure in dentistry (wisdom teeth excepted). When a tooth has to be removed, the use of a laser can make the experience more conservative and less traumatic. Often when a tooth needs to be extracted, there is little tooth structure left to grab above the bone. This creates the need to reflect the gum tissues back and expose the bone so it can be removed to gain access to the tooth. We are able to use a laser to circle around the tooth root and create a trough around the tooth, so the root may be accessed easier. This often eliminates the need for more extensive surgery, increased post op. pain and recovery time.