Gum disease has been treated with surgery and mechanical cleanings for decades. A recent turn in tides of dentistry have more dental professionals investigating the possibility of laser technology for treating gum problems.
How does the laser method work?
Using Lasers to Treat Gums
Lasers are generally used for gums in two ways:
What the laser is used for determines the strength of the energy beam. Lasers help reduce bacteria and bleeding which promotes gum healing. They are far more conservative than traditional scalpels. They also do a better job at removing dead tissue while leaving the healthy gum intact.
A Few Considerations
Laser periodontal therapy has not yet been accepted by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) as an acceptable standard of care for gum disease.
This doesn’t mean it isn’t safe. In the hands of an experienced gum expert, laser therapy won’t harm you. It’s just that as an up-and-coming technique, it needs more clinical data to back it up. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t work!
One key fact to keep in mind is that gum disease itself still requires the mechanical removal of rough deposits on tooth roots below the gum line. A laser can help remove gum tissue, but isn’t enough on it’s own to help you beat gum disease.
Is laser gum therapy available and regulated in the area where you live?
The only way to find out if it’s safe for you is to visit a professional like your local dentist. Get a gum evaluation to establish your dental health needs. Ask whether laser therapy is a treatment option.
Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
Lasers are quickly becoming one of the most beneficial instruments used in dental offices. They can be used for a variety of purposes, with the biggest benefits being that they cause very little discomfort and require next to no recovery time! Lasers are often used to:
Gingival recontouring is quicker, more comfortable, and much easier to perform thanks to lasers. Previously, recontouring was considered to be more of a surgical procedure. Now, recontouring only takes a few minutes to perform across the entire mouth. The laser is simply traced along the gumlines to reshape areas where excess gum tissue is present, creating a uniform, even gumline across the entire smile.
This is useful in people with “gummy” smiles, or on teeth that appear shorter than they ought to. Sometimes excess gum tissue is due to medications that are being taken, or prevents teeth from being treated. Extra tooth access is gained in a treatment called crown lengthening, and can sometimes also be completed by using lasers. Laser periodontal therapy also help destroy infectious bacteria that are active in areas of gum disease, speeding up the healing process and reversal of gum disease. They are part of a comprehensive periodontal therapy program.
If ulcers are a frequent occurrence, they can make life miserable. Simply using a laser over the ulcer for just a few seconds can provide immediate pain relief and speed up the healing time.
Most people do not experience any discomfort in the areas where they received laser treatment, because the tissue is lightly cauterized. Ask your dentist about how laser therapy can improve the care you receive during your treatment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics
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