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Soft Tissue Lasers: What They Mean for Periodontal Patients

Posted in Gum Disease

As someone who is familiar with the battle against periodontal disease, you know how tiring the fight can be. You may need to return for multiple cleanings (periodontal maintenance appointments) every few months, and you are constantly searching for new ways to improve the way you keep your gums plaque-free. How can a soft tissue laser give you an added advantage in combating periodontal disease?

  • Periodontal disease causes a destruction of the gum, ligaments, and bone surrounding teeth. This breakdown creates a deep pocket against a tooth. Even after periodontal therapy, this deep pocket may still be difficult for you to keep clean. If not kept clean, the periodontal disease will continue to rage. This problem can be addressed by trimming away the gum tissue around the tooth, thereby decreasing the depth of the pocket.


  • The challenge of controlling periodontal disease can be compounded by certain medications which cause the gums to exceedingly grow over the teeth. This creates a false pocket that is still prone to trapping bacteria and becoming inflamed. A laser can be used in reducing the depth of such a pocket and preventing you from having a “gummy” smile.


  • After dealing with periodontal disease, the shape of your gums may look a little different. It is possible to surgically recontour or reshape your gum line with the help of soft tissue lasers.


  • Soft tissue lasers can also be used to cleanse periodontal pockets of debris and bacteria after scaling and root planing. This reduces your reliance upon antibiotic therapies.

At your next periodontal maintenance appointment, ask your dental hygienist or dentist about the laser therapies that aravailable and how they can assist you in treating periodontal disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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