Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, this infection can lead to tooth loss.
What Is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser periodontal therapy is a treatment that is used to treat the gums and the bone that supports the teeth. This treatment can be used when a patient has gum disease or needs to prepare for additional treatments such as dental implants. The laser is used to remove tartar, plaque, bacteria, and other materials from below the gum line and on the tooth root surfaces. This helps to eliminate infection and keep the gum tissue healthy as it heals.
Laser periodontal therapy is typically performed during one appointment in the office. A local anesthetic may be applied to the area being treated to numb the area and prevent any discomfort during the procedure. Once the area is numbed, the dentist will use a laser to remove tartar and plaque from the teeth and gums. As the laser is in use, it may feel like gentle vibrations beneath your gums. The entire procedure can be completed in less than an hour. Treatments are typically repeated a few times a year to prevent and treat gum disease.
How Does Laser Periodontal Therapy Work?
During laser periodontal therapy, a laser is used to remove infected tissue from between your gums and teeth. Inflamed gum tissue caused by periodontal disease is no match for the laser. The concentrated beam of laser light carefully removes the offending tissue, allowing your periodontist to expertly reshape the surrounding gum line. In addition, the laser also helps eliminate bacteria and sterilizes the treated area. This promotes a quicker healing time as well as less bleeding during surgery.
Is Laser Periodontal Therapy Right for Me?
Many patients are concerned about the treatment of gum disease, but laser treatment is an efficient option for treating damaged tissue. This treatment is gentle and can reduce bleeding and inflammation while killing bacteria that live in pockets around the teeth. Because these treatments are so effective, many patients are choosing to undergo them to help save their teeth from needing extraction.
Why Use Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Targeted laser light is used to decontaminate periodontal pockets and disinfect surrounding tissues. This treatment is often recommended for patients with gum recession, gum disease, or periodontitis. Laser periodontal therapy is more precise than the handheld tools typically used to treat periodontal disease because it eliminates bacteria without harming the healthy tissue that we want to preserve. By preserving the health of your gum tissues, you can maintain a beautiful, natural-looking smile for years longer than you could with traditional treatments.
Benefits of laser treatment include:
- Reduced bleeding and inflammation in the gums
- Faster healing time than with other treatments
- Elimination of harmful bacteria
- Removal of plaque from the teeth and gums
- Prevention of the buildup of tartar on the teeth
- Speedier results than conventional methods
- No cutting or sutures needed
- Safe and effective for most patients
For more information about laser periodontal therapy and how it can benefit you, contact our office today. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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