For most people, surgery is not at the top of their to-do list and certainly not on their bucket list. Surgery should be a last resort when the body needs help functioning properly. For those who have dealt with unfortunate consequences from complications during or after surgery, the idea of another invasive procedure is extremely unappealing and can be downright terrifying.

Suffering from a post-plastic surgery hematoma (to remove a mole) from the upper lip is not fun. Especially when you are 15 years old. And a girl. And play the trumpet. Take it from me. Not fun at all.


Not all cosmetic procedures require the use of a medical instrument entering the body. Thanks to advanced technology we have non-surgical cosmetic procedures that can be performed with lasers. The most obvious being LASIK eye surgery. Well, did you know that there is such a thing as a dental laser? Primarily used for tissue recontouring, gum pocket debridement and canker sores, dental lasers work wonders. Find out what they can do below.


We can’t all be born with incredible cheekbones. That is why people use makeup to create the illusion of a thinner, more angular face. Contouring can truly transform your appearance. Using advanced laser technology, Dr. Brittany Dickinson of Sugar Fix Dental Loft performs tissue recontouring to ensure that her patients’ gums do not have a negative effect on their smile. Gums can negatively affect a person’s smile if they are too large, not proportional to the teeth, or uneven.


After applying a topical anesthetic, Dr. Dickinson uses the advanced Ivoclar Vivadent Odyssey® 2.4G Diode Laser system to modify the shape and size of your gums. The light emitted from the laser gently cuts into the gum tissue without damaging the tooth or surrounding gums. The laser then seals the pocket created between the gum tissue and the tooth in order to promote quick healing. Tissue recontouring can safely and effectively reshape the gums to better complement your teeth, resulting in a perfectly balanced, stunning smile.


Gum pocket debridement is when excessive amounts of plaque and calculus deposits (tartar) are removed from the teeth and gums. When I leave the dentist’s office after biannual teeth cleaning, I silently shout, “Hallelujah!” when I see that all the junk between my teeth has disappeared. During the process of debridement, the surface of each tooth and root (below the gum line and in periodontal pockets) is cleaned until it shines like the top of the Chrysler Building! Getting rid of both soft and hardened dental plaque allows the gums to heal and reattach to the tooth without any nasty stuff blocking the way. Nobody wants gross yellow colonized bacteria between their pearly whites. That’s crazy talk. What’s not crazy to talk about is your healthy, firm gums and fresh breath due to smaller gum pockets.


Sick and tired of good old-fashioned aphthous ulcers? Commonly known as canker sores, Dr. Dickinson can make them go away by zapping them with her Ivoclar Vivadent Odyssey® 2.4G Diode Laser. You’ll be in and out the door in less than half an hour. Can’t beat that! Anyone who has endured the stinging sensation of canker sores will appreciate that Dr. Dickinson has invested in laser technology. Remember that feeling of eating something salty while dealing with a canker sore? Yeah. It isn’t a nice feeling. Moving forward, as soon as you feel that first twinge of pain inside your lip, call Sugar Fix Dental Loft and make an appointment to have Dr. Brittany Dickinson remind that ulcer: “You’re uninvited. Goodbye.”