Traditional gum treatment involves cutting diseased gum tissue with scalpels and then suturing the remaining tissue in place. This procedure is time-intensive and can cause discomfort for the patient as well as interfere with the patient’s daily routines during the healing process. Our practices uses more advanced technology involving lasers to achieve the same treatment goals with improved patient satisfaction. This approach offers numerous benefits to patients.
Laser Gum Surgery Procedure
We use a PerioLase laser to remove diseased gum tissue and clean any lingering bacteria from the treatment area. Using a small fiber inserted into the pocket of diseased tissue, the periodontist can deliver focused light energy to the treatment site to eradicate bacteria in the vicinity. After the laser removes the diseased tissue, the periodontist can then clean the underlying root using an ultrasonic scaler to remove any tartar that has accumulated there.
Benefits Of Laser Gum Treatment
One of the major attractions of laser gum surgery is that this treatment is virtually painless, although we do administer a local anesthetic for the procedure for maximum comfort. If the patient should experience mild soreness after the treatment, it is usually short-lived. This is a significant difference from traditional gum treatment, which may result in discomfort.
Additionally, laser gum surgery can usually be completed in just one or two sessions plus a couple of follow-up appointments, rather than the four appointments and additional follow-ups that are standard with traditional gum treatment. Recovery is also quicker – with laser gum surgery patients are able to resume normal routines within a day. Laser gum surgery also can be an alternative for patients who aren’t good candidates for standard surgery due to medical issues, such as bleeding disorders.
Importance Of Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease can have significant consequences, not only for your smile, but for your entire body as well. Uncontrolled gum disease is associated with a host of issues, ranging from diabetes to pregnancy complications. Unfortunately, many patients are anxious when it comes to gum treatment, but laser gum surgery can overcome your fear, as it eliminates the most negative components of traditional gum treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, call Lynn Dental Care to learn more about laser gum surgery and the benefits it offers. We encourage you to schedule a consultation to get started on this treatment path.