GUM DISEASE LASER THERAPY
Laser Periodontal Therapy
Gum disease laser therapy, also known as laser periodontal therapy, is a dental procedure that uses a laser to treat gum disease. It is a minimally invasive and precise technique that can be an effective alternative to traditional gum surgery.
During the procedure, our dental professional will use a special laser to remove bacteria and infected tissue from the gums. The laser is able to target the infected areas while leaving healthy tissue intact. This can help to reduce bleeding and inflammation, as well as promote the growth of new tissue and bone.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, and patients may experience some discomfort or sensitivity afterward. However, the recovery time is generally much shorter than with traditional gum surgery, and patients can typically return to their normal activities within a day or two.
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What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, starts with inflammation in the gums around your teeth. This stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and can often be treated with an improvement in oral hygiene. If your gums are often swollen or bleeding, your dentist and hygienist has probably already started to keep an eye on it and recommended you are more vigilant about brushing and flossing.
If gingivitis persists, it can evolve into periodontitis, where the gums recede from the teeth and leave gaps where bacteria can grow and increase risk of infection. If left unchecked, this can lead to teeth loosening and falling out of their sockets.
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What are traditional gum disease treatment options?
Early stages of gum disease are often treated with extensive cleanings to remove plaque and instructions for heightened oral hygiene habits. Daily brushing and flossing, use of an electric toothbrush, and antibacterial mouthwashes are all common recommendations.
If gingivitis has progressed to periodontitis, surgery used to be the most effective form of treatment. The most common form of surgery for gum disease is Gingival Flap Surgery. This involves the doctor cutting into the gums to pull them away from the teeth and conducting a deep cleaning to remove all plaque and bacteria. This is a common treatment for people with moderate to severe periodontal disease.
How does laser periodontal treatment work?
Traditional gum surgery involves incisions and sutures, often leaving visible changes to your smile. Now, with laser technology, there is a minimally invasive option that leaves your gum tissue uncut and unscarred.
During the procedure, a small laser fiber is inserted into the periodontal pocket, the space between the tooth and the gum, and the laser is used to remove diseased tissue and bacteria. The laser energy also stimulates the growth of new tissue and seals the area to prevent further infection.
Laser periodontal treatment is less invasive than traditional gum surgery, and there is typically less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort associated with the procedure. It is also more precise, allowing for more targeted removal of diseased tissue while preserving healthy tissue.