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Laser Treatment for Periodontal Surgery

Laser Periodontal Therapy is a laser based technique for the treatment of periodontal disease using the Periolase Laser. Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used. A lot of cases can be treated with lasers which otherwise needed surgical intervention.

How does it work?

Tartar, associated with inflamed and bleeding gums, is removed form the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scalar and small instruments. Then, a small amount of light energy from the Periolase is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This laser light energy removes a tiny amount of diseased tissue and aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.

Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy

One of the reasons for the continued rise and growth of laser periodontal therapy in the dental field is due to the wide array of benefits that can be derived from it. Plus, many recommend this particular treatment method due to the non-invasive approach compared to traditional periodontal treatment.

No Cutting and Stitching: Use of the Periolase makes it unnecessary to expose the bone around the roots of teeth. Laser periodontal therapy does not require separating the gum tissue away from the roots of the teeth. Therefore, scalpel blades and stitches are not required for laser periodontal therapy.

Less Invasive and also Minimal Bleeding: Patients are more comfortable following laser gum therapy when compared to traditional flap surgery. Overall, laser gum therapy is less invasive than cut and stitch gum surgery. An added benefit of the laser is its ability to seal blood vessels and nerve endings. Therefore, patients routinely report less need for pain medication.

Preserves Gum Tissue Instead of Cutting It Away: Laser periodontal therapy conserves tissue instead of cutting it away. The Periolase has a thin fiber which is inserted beneath the gum line. The laser energy specifically removes the diseased lining of the periodontal pocket. Underlying connective tissue beside the tooth is left largely intact. Prevention of significant gingival recession occurs because the supporting tissue of the gum line is not targeted by the laser. This approach is unlike traditional periodontal flap surgery. The aim of traditional periodontal flap surgery is to remove a certain amount of tissue which resides adjacent to the tooth.

Reduces Root Exposure and Sensitivity: When the Periolase is used, it is anticipated that the gum line will remain close to the original position. Therefore, root exposure and the sensitivity which can accompany it is not often reported, in contrast to traditional periodontal surgery. The unfortunate side effect of this result can be: • altered appearance of the tooth and gum. • Food getting caught between and around teeth. • Increased incidence of cavity formation on the roots of the teeth. • Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweets and acidic foods. • Luckily, most of the time, the sensitivity usually goes away after about 6 weeks.

Reduces Infection: The laser energy from the Periolase is able to kill the bacteria associated with periodontal disease. There is no way any technique or drug can kill 100% of the bacteria.

Reasonable Expense: If you compare the expense for traditional periodontal flap surgery vs. laser periodontal therapy, you will find the cost to be about equal. However, traditional periodontal flap surgery quite often has extra procedures before and during the surgery appointment which makes it more expensive.

The Most Important Benefit of All: The most important benefit of all is the reduction of fear in patients regarding the dental procedure and the expense. Lack of anxiety helps people accept the treatment needed to get their gum disease under control. Hence people are more likely to say yes to this modern approach to gain their health back.