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How Lasers Have Transformed Periodontal Therapy

Posted in Laser Dentistry

In the past, there were only two ways to treat periodontal disease: conventional scaling and root planing, or periodontal surgery at a specialist’s office. Laser therapy has changed all of that! Now, patients can get even more effective treatment with quicker results and experience little to no discomfort.

There are different types of lasers used in dentistry. The development of advanced soft tissue lasers allow dentists to now treat diseased gum tissues in a gentle manner that destroys bacteria and improves healing.

Soft tissue lasers are used in conjunction with scaling and root planing procedures. During the deep cleaning, hard and soft debris is removed from the surfaces of the teeth. The laser is then applied to the tissue that lines the periodontal pocket. The superficial, diseased layer is gently removed as the infectious bacteria are destroyed. An instrument is then used to clean the very bottom of the periodontal pocket, and the laser once again is applied to this area to complete the treatment.

By removing all bacteria as well as diseased tissue, the underlying tissues can then create a seal against the clean tooth surface. Blood flow is improved, speeding recovery. Reattachment can then occur at a more prominent rate. As a result, patients can avoid the need for surgical procedures, grafts, and see results faster than ever. Laser therapy is the answer to the modern treatment and reversal of gum disease.

Not all dental lasers are created equal. Ask your dentist if he or she offers soft tissue lasers that can be used for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease. The treatment can save you from invasive, uncomfortable procedures and give you the results you want – fast.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhill Dental Health Center
4620 Spring Hill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608
(251) 343-1521

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