Laser Gum Therapy
In the event you have been diagnosed with gum (periodontal) disease your dentist may recommend laser gum therapy as a treatment option. Today gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, which highlights what a serious problem it is. Even though this is a well-known fact, many people still fail to receive proper treatment for gum disease because they are afraid it will be invasive and painful. However, in recent years dental technology has come a long way and dentists are now able to perform many procedures far more efficiently and comfortably for the patient.
One of the most important developments in dentistry is that of laser treatment for gum disease. Many in dentistry, including Dr. Annette Van Natta, use the laser to treat gum disease, as it is an extremely effective tool when it comes to improving overall dental health. Lasers allow us to treat gum disease in a far less painful manner than previous methods. Laser gum therapy will go at the root of the problem and work to improve your dental health with less bleeding, less tissue removal, less swelling, and a much faster recovery time than gum surgery methods of the past.
What is Laser Gum Therapy?
When used to treat gum disease, a dental laser is used to access and remove any inflamed gum tissue from the areas surrounding the root of the tooth. With the help of the laser, the infected tissue is effortlessly removed. As discussed on our Deep Cleaning page, scaling involves removing any plaque and tartar build up below the gumline and around the root. Once this is done, Dr. Van Natta will smooth out the root and remove any other rough spots that may attract bacteria down the road.
As the majority of patients will attest to, laser gum therapy is virtually painless. However, Dr. Van Natta or the hygienist may opt to anesthetize the infected area in order to ensure comfort. The procedure typically can be completed in one or two office visits, depending on the severity of the gum disease. Due to how effective the laser is, the recovery for this procedure is pretty much immediate. The laser works to seal blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings, making for little to no bleeding or discomfort. However, please keep in mind that your gum tissue will need time to recover, regenerate, and heal over time. For more information on what to expect in the days following the procedure, please do not hesitate to contact your dentist.
Benefits of Laser Gum Therapy
There are numerous important benefits to laser gum therapy, as it provides a viable alternative to traditional gum surgery. Here is a look at a few additional benefits:
- Less invasive
- Less traumatic, yet highly effective
- Less discomfort than with traditional gum surgery
- Less time than traditional surgery
- Long-lasting results
- Less recovery time
- Safer for patients with other health concerns, such as diabetes, hemophilia, and HIV
To learn more about the benefits of laser gum therapy, please contact Dr. Annette Van Natta’s dental office today. Furthermore, if you would like to discuss your particular case with Dr. Van Natta or are wondering if laser gum therapy may be the right treatment path for you, please feel free to give us a call. It is our intention to
ensure each and every patient who walks through our doors has a thorough understanding of their oral health and is given the right tools and knowledge to achieve optimal health.