With millions of individuals suffering from dental problems across the globe, there is a need for new and more efficient treatments. That’s where laser gum surgery comes in. Compared to traditional surgical procedures that use cut-and-sew techniques, laser-assisted surgical treatments don’t involve incisions or sutures.
It’s a modern type of surgery that uses light energy to enhance the health of your mouth. It’s used to treat several issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, and hypersensitivity. During the surgery, lasers are used to kill bacteria and remove infected and inflamed gum tissue around a tooth.
Unlike traditional surgery, laser gum surgery is more productive, accessible, quicker, and, most importantly, less painful. Furthermore, since it’s less invasive, healing and recovery after treatment is shorter.
If you’re considering laser surgery, you should schedule a consultation with a dentist or oral surgeon who offers laser treatment for gum disease. The dentist examines your oral condition and determines whether you can benefit from the treatment. If you are qualified, the dentist will go ahead and prepare you for the treatment plan.
There are significant benefits to using laser gum surgery over traditional surgical treatments. These benefits include:
Compared to traditional surgical procedures, laser gum surgery is far less invasive. For instance, with older surgical treatments, the oral surgeon uses dental tools to make incisions in the gum tissue. After removing the diseased tissue, the wound is stitched.
Substantial bleeding, pain, sensitivity, and swelling are likely side effects of such a surgery.
While the patient does not feel any pain during the surgery due to sedation, once the sedation wears off, pain is experienced.
With laser gum surgery, no incisions or stitches are involved. This significantly reduces the possibility of infection and complications. Minimal pain, sensitivity, and bleeding are experienced. This means that you can get back to your routine. A patient would be more comfortable and less anxious getting a laser surgery over traditional surgery.
While cavities and gum disease can be caused by various factors, poor dental hygiene is the most common cause. Plaque and bacteria build-up often leads to gum disease and tooth decay. In its initial stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. If not treated timely, gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease, which isn’t treatable.
Patients with gum disease and cavities can reverse or manage the harmful effects of harmful bacteria with laser gum surgery. Unlike older surgeries, a laser is more likely to access and eliminate all the bacteria in the mouth.
Since laser gum surgery is less invasive, less bleeding, pain, swelling, or sensitivity is felt. Consequently, shorter healing and recovery is expected. With traditional gum surgical treatments, substantial pain, swelling, and bleeding are experienced. Therefore, recovery and healing is expected to take weeks. This can greatly interfere with your work and normal routine.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the proportions of your gum line, laser gum surgery can be used to change or trim down any excess gum tissue, giving you a more confident smile. Laser surgery also keeps your gums and teeth healthy by killing bacteria, removing cavities, and eliminating diseased gum tissue.
When it comes to any surgery, precision matters. During laser gum surgery, no healthy gum tissue is damaged. On the contrary, the surgery can repair damaged tissue and stimulate new tissue growth.
Like any surgery, laser gum surgery recovery takes some time. Therefore, good oral care is necessary to prevent trauma to the treated site and facilitate faster healing. Until the surgical area heals:
Are you interested in laser gum surgery, or would you like to learn more about laser gum treatment? Contact Westwood Dental Group today to book your appointment.