One part of dental health is taking care of your gums. Unfortunately, smoking, poor oral health, chronic disease, certain medications, and even genetic factors can affect the health of your gums. Still, it’s important to keep your gums healthy, because gum inflammation, also called periodontal disease, can have a negative effect on health throughout your body—including your heart.
How Do Lasers Treat Periodontal Disease?
When you visit your dentist, one way he or she may treat gum disease is with lasers. Lasers are a non-surgical approach to arresting the progression of periodontal disease. Following scaling and root planning, a laser is used to significantly reduce the bacterial colonies and decontaminate the infected periodontal pocket. Lasers also remove the infected tissue lining the periodontal pocket. As the infected tissue is removed, microscopic blood clots form and your body’s natural healing response takes over. As you heal, the tissue reattaches to the bone and your gums return to a healthy infection-free state.
What are the benefits of Laser Treatment?
Laser treatments are less painful
Laser treatments are less invasive, which result to lesser pain and discomfort. Possibly, one of the most common reasons why some patients opt for laser treatments is because they are not as painful as traditional dental procedures. In most cases, laser technology no longer requires the use of dental drills, which lessens the pressure the patients feel and results to little or no need for anesthesia. Because laser treatments causes minimal discomfort, patients feel less anxious about the procedure, allowing them to relax, focus on eliminating their dental problem, and look forward to recovery.
Reduced bleeding and swelling
Because laser dentistry uses highly concentrated beams of light to administer treatments and perform surgeries, bleeding is typically very minimal and swelling after the procedure is reduced.
Precision and Minimal Trauma
Dental laser treatments have the ability to remove tooth decay and bone and gum tissue without affecting the surrounding areas. In fact, some laser procedures no longer require stitches. As a result, there will be lesser trauma to overall tooth and gum structure, which helps patients retain most of the natural composition of their teeth and gums.
Lesser Chances of Infection
Laser beams help sterilize the area they cut or come in contact with. As a result, there are lesser chances of complications, infections, and spread of bacteria during treatment.
Will The Laser Therapy Cure My Gum Disease?
Once you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease you can never cure the disease; but you can mange the disease by arresting the progression of the infection through scaling, root planing and laser therapy. Just as Diabetes is not curable but easily managed with proper care and maintenance, the same is true for periodontal disease. Your Dentist may recommend that you see a Periodontist (gum disease specialist) for a follow up evaluation if the level of periodontal disease is advanced.
How Do I Know If I Can Benefit From Laser Therapy?
While lasers have many uses in dentistry, they are not used for all procedures. Your Dentist will determine if laser therapy is right for you.
Schedule an appointment to come in and learn more about laser treatment for gum disease to see if it’s right for you. To better protect your teeth and gums, avoid smoking, brush and floss regularly and keep with regular dentist visits.