Clyde Laser Gum Treatment

Gentle Care for Delicate Oral Tissue

John Highsmith, DDS in Clyde, NC

Laser dentistry in Asheville? Absolutely! Dental lasers allow us to take dentistry to the next level, especially when it comes to treating oral soft-tissue. Lasers really are amazing and add next-level comfort and convenience to almost any dental procedure you can think of – especially caring for your gums.

Why Gum Care is so Important

Most of us don’t think about our gums very often. They just quietly do their job of holding your teeth in place, framing your pearly whites, and keeping infection from entering your bloodstream. But when something goes wrong, like gum disease or gum overgrowth, suddenly those gums are all we can notice and think about. They can bleed, get puffy and red, make your teeth look uneven or small. In short, gums that are in trouble can more or less take over your smile!


Even worse, infection in your gums can lead to major physical problems. Gum disease has been linked to:

  • Systemic inflammation
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Diabetic concerns
  • Pulmonary infection
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Sexual dysfunction

It’s why we take gum issues and their treatment so seriously – and why we offer state-of-the-art laser gum treatment to all of our Clyde and Asheville patients right here in our comfortable office with no need for referrals or trips to a periodontal specialist.


Still wonder about Dr. Highsmith’s dedication to the well-being of his patients? If the Laser dentistry in Asheville isn’t enough, here’s further proof: His investment in the Fotona’s LightWalker dental laser system. Touted as “the choice of dental perfectionists,” this leading-edge laser system has won highly respected technology and innovation awards as well as industry acclaim for its effectiveness, state-of-the-art design, engineering, and patented technologies. It is the world’s fastest-cutting Erbium laser– this means improved efficiency and patient comfort, without compromise.

The Lightwalker can perform:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Endodontic treatments
  • Gum contouring
  • Fibroma removal
  • Frenectomy
  • Lesion treatment
  • Cold sores alleviation
  • Enamel erosion care
  • and much, much more!

Laser Gum Contouring

Gums can become inflamed and infected. And sometimes, they just grow or become so enlarged that they cover far too much of your gorgeous enamel. This can make your smile look dull, short, and uneven.

Gum overgrowth can occur for a number of reasons including:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Braces
  • Medication
  • Heredity
  • Gum infection

We can help correct your smile, painlessly and easily with laser gum contouring. Because the laser heals as we work on your smile, there is no need for the scalpel or sutures. You’ll leave with a renewed smile you can show off right away!


If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may be concerned about what will be required for treatment. How often do you need to return for advanced cleaning? Will you need surgery? What does that mean as far as recovery time and appearance? Will you need stitches in your gums? Relax. Gum surgery just got easier with Laser dentistry in Asheville.

Dr. Highsmith was the 1st dentist in the Asheville, NC area to be trained and licensed to perform Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure™ (LANAP™). LANAP is the FDA approved and patented to treat gum disease through the use of a laser.

What is the LANAP Procedure

LANAP is the only method proven to not only help remove infected tissue, but it also regenerates periodontal tissue, reduces gum pocket depth, stimulates new bone growth, encourages gum reattachment and allows your body to recover from infection more quickly than you ever thought possible. Now that’s some amazing technology right there! Just imagine–now we can do more than treat your gums for infection, we can actually help your smile heal!

Even more comforting to our patients who need dental surgery is this: LANAP surgery requires no scalpel or stitches. Instead, the laser targets the source of inflammation and infection without damaging any healthy gum tissue.

What’s more, because we use the LightWalker laser, LANAP Laser dentistry in Asheville is often so painless that you may not even need sedation or anesthetic. Indeed, the side effects and downtime are so minimal, most patients get back to work and life in a flash.