Posted on 9/20/2019 by Dr. Dennison
|Many industries have been revolutionized by the invention and use of lasers – including dentistry. Although laser periodontal therapy is still relatively new, it's showing promising results.
How Lasers are Used in Treating Gum Disease
Lasers are used to access and remove any inflamed gum tissue that's located around your tooth's root. Once we've removed this infected area your tooth's roots will be exposed so that we can start the scaling process. This process involves scraping off any plaque that's built up under your gum line, around the root of your tooth.
After we remove it we'll smooth the root out and remove any rough spots because otherwise they'll attract bacteria that will lead to an infection in the future. When we're done, the area that's located between your gum line and the root of your tooth will be allowed to regenerate and heal.
During this healing period, it's important for you to maintain good oral health care. This means brushing and flossing twice a day followed by using an antimicrobial mouthwash. It's also important that you stop smoking or chewing tobacco. We'll also set you up with routine visits to our office to make sure you're healing properly.
Benefits of Using Lasers to Treat Gum Disease
The AGD (Academy of General Dentistry) says there are many benefits to using lasers in the treatment of gum disease. One of the main advantages is that you won't need any general anesthesia and yet the lasers will still precisely and accurately target and treat the diseased part of your gums. In doing so you won't bleed or swell as bad so you'll be in less pain and recover sooner.
If these benefits sound good to you and you'd like to learn more about laser treatment for gum disease give our office a call and set up an appointment so we can discuss this with you at your earliest convenience.