Periodontal disease, more commonly called gum disease, is not a pretty sight. Buildups of bacteria and plaque along the gum line cause the gums to sag and detach from the teeth. This forms pockets around the teeth where more bacteria, plaque, and tartar collect, exacerbating the problem.
In cases of advanced periodontal disease, surgery is the solution. Traditionally, this has not been a pretty sight either, often resulting in stitches, bleeding, and pain. Fortunately, there is a less invasive solution to gum disease available: PerioLase laser surgery.
What is The PerioLase Laser?
The PerioLase Laser uses a small fiber to emit focused light energy. This is used to remove bacteria and bits of infected tissue from the pockets that form around the teeth. Once this has been cleared away, the area can be cleaned and healing can occur uninhibited.
After the laser treatment has been used, tartar and plaque are scaled away from the teeth with conventional dental instruments.
Advantages of Laser Surgery over Traditional Methods
When compared to the traditional method, which used a scalpel to cut gum tissue to allow bacteria to be cleared away, laser surgery boasts numerous advantages. These advantages include:
- Comfort: Ultimately, laser surgery is far less painful than a scalpel. There is no cutting or stitching, which means only a minimal amount of anesthetic—if any—is required.
- Conserves healthy tissue: With traditional periodontal surgery, the gums are cut away to allow access to the gum pocket. This results in a reduction of the gum line. Laser surgery, on the other hand, preserves healthy tissue.
- Promotes healing: Recovery from traditional surgery involves pain, soreness, bleeding, and multiple follow up visits. Laser surgery, on the other hand, allows you to be up and about business as usual quickly after the procedure. The process also encourages gums to reattach to the teeth without the use of sutures.
- Less time: Surgery with the PerioLase laser requires two visits, each two hours long, and a couple follow up appointments. Traditional surgery usually requires multiple sessions of surgery with many visits afterward to remove sutures. Additionally, recovery time with the laser is much faster, usually less than 24 hours.
Ultimately, laser therapy is superior to traditional gum surgery in every way, all without any extra cost.
Candidates for Laser Surgery
Anyone with advanced stages of periodontal disease is a candidate for PerioLase surgery. Patients with preliminary stages of gum disease may qualify for even less invasive treatments. Consult with Dr. Lynn at Lynn Dental Care to learn more about PerioLase and the benefits it provides for gum disease patients.