Certain factors like pregnancy, genes, dental trauma, chronic bruxism, smoking, and poor dental hygiene can increase your risk of gum disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with gum or periodontal disease, you might be wondering how you can restore the health of your gums.
When treated promptly and efficiently, you can reverse gum disease. Generally, there are several periodontal treatments based on the severity of your condition. Common treatments include good at-home dental hygiene, professional cleanings, scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and gum surgeries.
Thanks to recent innovations in dentistry, there’s even a better way to treat gum disease. Laser periodontal therapy is an excellent alternative to invasive gum surgeries.
Laser treatment uses lasers to treat a wide array of oral conditions. Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. The FDA has approved dental laser treatments for:
For moderate to severe periodontal disease, your dentist might recommend scaling and root planing treatment and surgical options like gum flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, application of tissue-stimulating proteins, and guided tissue regeneration.
Generally, traditional surgeries involve using medical tools like scalpels, which can be messy. Laser treatments use powerful light beams of thermal energy to treat gum infection and stimulate your tissues and bone to grow. Using lasers, your dentist can cut and remove diseased tissues, sterilize infected areas, and kill bacteria and germs.
If you’ve scheduled a laser gum surgery, below is what to expect:
Do you have a gummy smile? If you answered yes, you might qualify for a laser gum contouring procedure. If an infection or inflammation causes the gummy smile, the periodontal will perform deep cleaning followed by laser surgery to sculpt and contour the gum tissues.
The dentist can use lasers to remove excess gum tissue if the gummy smile results from the excessive gum tissue. The laser also cauterizes the tissues to reduce post-surgery bleeding and discomfort. The lasers can also reshape the underlying bone.
Laser gum treatments are worthwhile. Benefits include:
Are you interested in laser gum surgery in Westwood, MA? Contact Westwood Dental Group – Formerly the office of Dr. Donald J. McLellan for more information.