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A Laser Alternative to Gum Disease Treatments

Posted in Gum Disease

For people that have battled severe gum disease, surgery has always been one of the final and ultimate lines of defense. During the surgery the gums are retracted, bone grafts are performed, surgical deep cleanings take place and sutures may even be needed. Thankfully now there’s a way to help patients experience better results from their periodontal therapy without ever having the need for periodontal surgery. It’s all possible thanks to the soft tissue laser.

Soft tissue lasers allow dentists to treat the areas inside of your diseased gum pockets so that gum disease is completed halted. During a deep cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from the surfaces of the teeth under the gumlines. A soft tissue laser is then placed into the pocket, destroying active, disease-causing bacteria and creating a sterile environment. This makes it easier for the pocket to heal and for the disease to be reversed.

Unfortunately the gum tissue cannot reattach unless the tissue itself is also treated. Lasers allow the dentist to gently remove the superficial, diseased layer of tissues inside of the periodontal pocket. This leaves healthy tissue available to cling to the surface of the newly cleaned tooth. After being treated with the laser, a natural seal begins to form between the newly exposed gum tissue and the surface of the root. This seal encourages new attachments to occur, resulting in a significant decrease in pocket depths.

Periodontal patients that are treated with laser therapy typically have minimized discomfort and a greater response to treatment than traditional periodontal therapy. Although the investment for the laser procedure makes it slightly more than just having a deep cleaning performed, it eliminates the surgical steps and provides you with the greatest response possible when it comes to non-surgical therapy.

Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
(910) 485-0023

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