Laser Gum Surgery
There are many benefits to using lasers to treat gum disease, such as treating periodontal gum pockets. Dentists are used to treating all types of infected teeth and gums, but the use of laser technology is a very effective way of treating conditions in difficult to reach areas.
Periodontal disease, in particular, is a condition that tends to appear in adults during their 30s and 40s. It is estimated that most adults will have some level of periodontal disease but treating it physically by hand can be a tricky process.
How periodontal disease starts
As the bacteria in the mouth starts to increase and cause plaque build-up, daily brushing and flossing can help to remove plaque, but should the plaque solidify, it will form tartar.
Tartar is particularly difficult to remove and brushing and flossing isn’t effective enough to remove it. This is why you need your dentist or dental hygienist to remove it through performing a regular deep clean treatment.
Plaque and tartar build-up can slowly start to form against the gum line causing your gums to pull-back and recede. This allows more bacteria to get below the gum line to form plaque and tartar, which in turn causes more gum recession.
How laser treatment can help
Laser treatment can help with this deep cleaning and dentists have been using lasers for years to treat gum issues. In most cases, laser gum treatments make it easy to reach areas in your mouth that are difficult to reach with standard dentistry tools.
Gingivitis and periodontitis are two of the most common gum conditions that are safely and effectively treated with laser therapy. However, laser treatments can be much more targeted, precise and gentle when used to remove diseased tissue from the mouth rather than by hand using a scalpel.
Because the targeted heat from a laser can scrip away diseased tissue from the gum and then cauterizes the wound immediately afterwards, it can be far quicker and less painful than manually cutting away gum tissue and then hand-stitching the wound together.
Laser surgery can also be used to remove the decayed part of a tooth to prepare teeth for further treatment, such as fillings or crowns. In a similar way to root canal treatment, laser procedures can remove infections from the gum tissue and can help to reshape gum tissue.
What are gingivitis and periodontitis?
Gingivitis is a disease where patients experience inflammation and bleeding of the gums. This is caused by the build-up of plaque along the gum line.
Once it takes hold and is left untreated, Gingivitis can spread via bacterial infection to become periodontitis. This is a disease that causes the often rapid deterioration of the gums and jawbones.
If less untreated, your teeth can become loose as they separate from the jaw bone and gums caused by tartar containing infected tissue pockets.
Less pain with laser treatments
Treating periodontal disease or other gum issues with laser treatments can improve the effectiveness of other dental treatments such as scaling and root planing.
During periodontal treatment, you will feel less discomfort during your treatment and will experience less bleeding and swelling following your treatment.
Do not hesitate to contact our friendly team at Glow Dental to discuss your laser gum surgery treatment options.