If caught early enough, gum disease can be reversed through intensive dental cleanings. But when the disease has advanced, it may be necessary to remove infected gum tissues. Traditionally, tissue removal meant having to undergo an invasive procedure, but thanks to laser-assisted periodontal therapy, treatment has become much simpler. If you have moderate to severe gum disease, here are a few things you may want to know about laser dentistry.
The Basics of Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy
Preparing for laser periodontal therapy takes little to no preparation from the patient and can be comfortably performed within the dentist’s office. Treatment is usually performed over two visits. During the procedure, your specialist will use a very fine laser to target infected tissue. Once the tissue is penetrated, it can easily be removed.
Depending on the resources your dentist uses, plaque and calculus may be removed using traditional scaling tools. However, some also use a specialized water device to gently remove this buildup. After treatment, you can expect to have a couple of follow-up appointments to monitor healing and gum disease control.
Benefits of Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy
Laser therapy only removes diseased sections and does not involve physical cutting of tissue that is required of conventional procedures. As a result, this treatment can help preserve healthy tissues and allow patients to maintain more of their natural gum line. In some cases, keeping these tissues intact can allow gums to restore themselves over time.
Gum tissue preservation also can keep roots from being exposed, limiting the risk for future infection and tooth decay. This benefit also allows patients to maintain a more pleasing smile that is not affected by imperfections along the gumline.
Compared to traditional therapies, laser-based treatment causes minimal inflammation and discomfort. In addition, recovery takes as little as a day and shouldn’t prevent patients from resuming normal activities.
Since laser therapy is a fairly new option for gum disease treatment, it’s important that you receive care from an experienced periodontist that understands the process. Committed to providing patients with advanced dental care, Dr. Sean W. Meitner and Dr. Gabriela Ciornei of Finger Lakes Periodontics and Implant Dentistry provide reliable laser-assisted periodontal therapy. Specializing in periodontal disease prevention and treatment, these professionals will take steps to help reduce your risks while preserving as much natural tissue as possible—all from their comfortable, state-of-the-art clinic. You can find more details about these and other services online. To schedule a consultation, call (314) 789-2380 to reach the Geneva, NY, office or (585) 248-8195 to speak with the Pittsford, NY, location.