The traditional treatment for gum disease is known as scaling and root planing. During this process, your dentist uses a sharp tool to manually scrape plaque, tartar (hardened plaque that cannot be removed by brushing), and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth above and below your gum line and smooths the surfaces of the roots of your teeth.
While the treatment is effective and allows your gums to heal, scaling and root planing can be painful, especially if your gums are already sore. Or, if your gum disease is particularly bad, you may need gum flap surgery, which requires your dentist to open your gums in order to properly clean your teeth.
How Laser Treatment WorksLasers provide for a less invasive method of treating gum disease. The wavelengths on the tools can be adjusted to your specific needs. The laser can be used in conjunction with scaling and root planing, removing inflamed and infected gum tissue, and exposing the affected areas of your teeth.
This then provides easier access for your dentist to properly clean your teeth. The laser can also be used to remove plaque and tartar buildup as well as any decay that may be in your teeth.
Benefits of Laser TreatmentUsing a laser for treating gum disease has many benefits:
|•||Less invasive and less painful.|
|•||Can help to alleviate anxiety over drills and surgery.|
|•||Stops bleeding right away.|
|•||Seals pockets in your gums.|
|•||Helps to regenerate bone and ligament tissues.|
|•||Improves success rate of scaling and root planing treatment.|
Don't let your gum disease cause you to lose your teeth. If you suffer from gum disease, contact our office about the use of lasers as a part of your treatment plan.