You may have heard the term Piezosurgery®. Often discussed in conjunction with

dental implants

, it is an advanced dental technology that has many applications. Dr. Leigh Kent,

periodontist in Birmingham, AL

, offers Piezosurgery to improve patient comfort and treatment results when working with hard tissues, like teeth and bone.



What is Piezosurgery?


Piezosurgery relies on ultrasound. Ultrasonic waves precisely cut through the bone tissue while leaving soft tissue intact. This system replaces the dental drill, which is typically used to cut through bone, but is less accurate, resulting in some undesired loss of both bone and gum tissue. Piezosurgery eliminates this loss.



When Can Piezosurgery Be Used?


  • Tooth extractions
  • Ridge expansion
  • Crown lengthening
  • Periodontal therapy
  • Dental implants


The Benefits of Piezosurgery 

  1. Improved Precision. Your bone is covered by periodontal tissue and houses vital nerves, arteries, and connective tissues. Your periodontist in Birmingham, AL, can make corrections to the bone tissue without harming the soft tissue. 
  2. Faster Recovery. When soft tissue is preserved, healing time is drastically reduced. The system’s accuracy reduces the risk of bleeding, swelling, and pain. 
  3. Enhanced Comfort. Patients who experience dental anxiety due to the sound and vibration of drills will be able to finally relax in the dentist’s chair. 
  4. Safe and Effective. Due to the improved precision of Piezosurgery, surgery is much safer for the patient and produces the desired results without traumatizing the soft tissue. 


For anyone who experiences dental anxiety or who is considering replacing missing teeth with dental implants, this ultrasonic system can be a smarter option. Not all doctors offer this advanced technology. Call our office today to talk to Dr. Kent and find out whether Piezosurgery is right for you.