It may sound extreme, but laser treatment is simple and effective. Using electric energy converted into light energy, we can produce results with precision. The laser is a directed narrow beam of light that can make targeted cuts allowing us to remove diseased tissue without impacting healthy tissue and with very limited bleeding.
In dentistry, we use laser technology in crown lengthening procedures, to assist with canker sores, and to help patients with periodontal disease. Laser treatment helps in periodontal treatment by:
How Laser Treatment is Done
Patients who are having laser treatment done will be equipped with a pair of shades; this is to protect their eyes from the intensity of the light. Treatment is simple, we may offer a local anesthetic, but most find treatment done with a laser to be pain-free. We will remove the dead or diseased tissue from around the tooth root, and remove the microbes from the gum pockets; this will allow us to scale the area then more effectively. Scaling is the removal of hardened plaque or calculus. This can be done with an ultrasonic scaler or a hand scaler. Once all decayed tissue and bacteria are removed, we can then smooth the roots through a process known as root scaling. Smoothing the roots will help the teeth reattach to the gum tissue and reduce the buildup of future bacteria.
Periodontal disease is not cured of a single treatment but is part of a continuous treatment process. Your mouth is constantly exposed to new bacteria, removing it through daily brushing and flossing, along with evaluations and cleaning appointments, we can help you have healthier teeth and gums.