Electrosurgery in the Esthetic/Restorative Practice: Everyday Procedures That Help Create Excellence in Dentistry

Released: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Expires: Sunday, June 30, 2019

By Robert A. Lowe, DDS

Commercial Supporter: Parkell

Used in dentistry for more than a century, electrosurgery has long been an effective soft-tissue cutting method that offers a variety of applications for clinicians. Among its uses are tissue management, frenectomies, gingivectomies, lesion removal, and more. This article reviews advantages and disadvantages of electrosurgery and presents a variety of clinical examples of how it can be utilized to achieve successful outcomes in periodontal and general restorative procedures. Several major indications for electrosurgery are examined and illustrated.


  • Identify common uses and major indications for electrosurgery in dentistry

  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of using electrosurgery for cutting soft tissue

  • Explain the use of electrosurgery with respect to the biologic width

About the Author

Robert A. Lowe, DDS
Private Practice, Charlotte, North Carolina

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