Laser-Assisted Periodontal Procedures
Laser-assisted periodontal procedures help avoid the use of traditional surgery and sutures by utilizing specialized lasers and techniques to remove bacteria from periodontal pockets in the gum tissue.
Tartar and plaque on the tooth surfaces can harbor bacteria, allowing for the development of Gingivitis. Often causing discomfort and swollen or bleeding gum tissues, Gingivitis can progress to an infection in the gum tissues, known as Periodontitis. This infection of the gums can create periodontal pockets, separating teeth from the surrounding gum and bone structure. If left untreated, this condition will lead to tooth loss.
To repair the damage to the tissue, the infection needs to be cleaned out, and the pockets must be sealed. What previously required surgery and stitches can now be accomplished through laser treatment. Laser-assisted periodontal procedures is a minimally invasive technique that uses laser technology to remove the diseased tissue and bacteria. The laser is also used to help seal the pocket so that new germs cannot get back in. This treatment minimizes trauma to the gum tissue, providing a more comfortable procedure for the patient than traditional methods and significantly reducing healing time. Laser-assisted procedures can also be used to treat dental implants that develop gum disease.