If you have gum disease, it is important to do anything that you can to slow or even stop the progression of this disorder. Over time, untreated periodontal disease can cause tooth and bone loss, which may require the need for dentures and other oral appliances. A new technology that has changed the world of periodontal treatment is known as laser therapy. This option is eradicating diseased tissue and allowing the gums to heal naturally.
What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser periodontal therapy involves the use of a medically-safe laser that uses varying wave lengths. This laser is intricately placed into the gum pockets between the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. These gum pockets hold onto the bacteria that affects the health of the tissue as well as the diseased tissue itself. The laser is used to cut away at the diseased, infected tissue so that it can heal naturally. It is one of the first of its kind to put a stop to even advanced periodontal disease.
How Does Laser Periodontal Therapy Work?
Dr. Gurinsky will perform the laser therapy using a high-powered but safe laser machine. The laser is aimed directly into the gum pockets to destroy diseased tissues and cells. The laser is not powerful enough to affect healthy tissue, so it is left in place. The roots of the teeth are then scraped to prevent bacterial adhesion. Over time, the gums are allowed to naturally heal back against the tooth to close up these gingival pockets. Laser therapy is incredibly effective and can put a stop to the overall progression of gum disease. It is safe to use and does not hurt or affect healthy gum tissue when used correctly.
What to Expect with Laser Therapy
The procedure is done quickly and relatively painlessly. The high-powered laser works to eradicate any diseased tissue around the teeth. The roots of the teeth are scraped using special tools, getting rid of any bacteria in this area. The gums will heal into place and will periodically be checked for signs of gingivitis and gum disease. It is important that you follow good oral hygiene habits after having laser therapy performed. While it can put an end to your current gum disease, there is no guarantee that it will not come back if you do not take better care of your teeth and gums. We are here to answer any questions that you might have regarding periodontal laser therapy and how it works. We understand that this new technology may be confusing or daunting for some of our patients and this is why we have worked to develop the best way to provide it to our patients.