Periodontal Laser Therapy
Nearly half of all Americans have gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, if you’ve been told that you have gum disease, know that you are not alone.
What is Laser Gum Treatment
Our hygienists use an advanced technique to treat periodontal (gum) disease and save many teeth that were previously considered hopeless. A laser light is used to gently remove harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the gum pocket. This allows the body to heal naturally so that the gum pockets improve and the teeth become more stable. The laser is a wonderful tool that will help many patients bring themselves to a more healthy state. Our goal helping you achieve healthy teeth and gums for life.
Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery
Past methods of combating gum disease involved cutting, bleeding, stitches, bandages, and long periods of eating only soft foods – not to mention the inevitable loss of healthy gum tissue along with the unhealthy tissue you were trying to eliminate.
However, laser gum surgery does away with many of these unpleasantries, and offers the following benefits that make laser gum surgery worth considering:
Faster healing. Minimally invasive treatments allow for faster healing.
Little gum line recession. Unlike previous treatment options, laser surgery does not reduce your gum line.
Long-term results. People who practice good oral hygiene are likely to experience permanent results from laser gum surgery.
Minimal discomfort. Pain medications are rarely necessary or prescribed after laser treatments.
Preserve natural teeth. People at risk of losing teeth and needing dentures or dental implants can often avoid those risks with early intervention through laser gum surgery.
Promotes new bone growth. Laser surgery has been shown to promote the regeneration of bone around teeth.
Shorter recovery. Most people are able to return to their daily activities immediately after laser surgery.
Who are Good Candidates for Laser Gum Disease Treatment?
While most people who have periodontal disease and are interested in preserving their smiles as well as their health make great candidates for laser gum surgery, there are some people who may need this type of procedure more than others. They include patients with:
Bone loss around implants.
Fear of dental treatment/surgery.
Infections around dental implants.
Loose or shifting teeth.
Prescriptions for blood thinners or aspirin therapy.
Swelling and bleeding of the gums.