Laser gum surgery is a less invasive procedure for
treating gum disease than traditional surgery
Laser gum surgery is an excellent way to treat gum infection caused by advanced periodontal disease and to improve the appearance of gums cosmetically. Using a dental laser is highly effective and non-invasive and provides a better treatment outcome.
A More Comfortable Treatment for Anxious Patients
Dental laser therapy can be very helpful for people suffering from dental anxieties because it’s a much gentler periodontal treatment that is easier to tolerate. The dental laser is very quiet and doesn’t produce the same vibration or heat as a conventional dental drill.
What Are the Advantages of Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is now widely used and is extremely safe. The laser delivers a concentrated energy beam calibrated to a specific wavelength depending on whether we treat soft tissues like gums or hard tissues such as bone. Treatment is advantageous because the energy beam is much more precise than using an ordinary scalpel. Other advantages include:
- The energy produced by a dental laser helps to sterilize areas treated, eliminating bacteria while preserving healthy tissue.
- A dental laser can reach far deeper into periodontal pockets, which are the spaces created between teeth and gums in advanced periodontal disease. These pockets frequently harbor harmful bacteria and are difficult to clean conventionally.
- Treatment is gentler, and there is less bleeding because any small blood vessels cut during treatment are immediately sealed by the laser energy using thermocoagulation.
- Treatment is minimally invasive, so there are fewer side-effects after surgery. There is less swelling, so healing is quicker, and there is less chance of infection.
- During treatment, there may be no need for anesthesia because laser gum surgery is so comfortable. Afterward, any minor discomfort is normally controllable with over-the-counter painkillers.
- Because the laser energy doesn’t produce as much heat as a conventional drill, it helps to protect healthy tissues from heat damage.
- Treatment can be faster than conventional gum surgery, so appointments are quicker. Usually, you will be able to return to everyday activities the next day.
Using Laser Gum Surgery to Treat Periodontal Disease
Laser gum surgery is an excellent way to treat periodontal disease, which is a bacterial infection that can destroy gum tissue. Without treatment, it can begin to destroy other tissues around teeth, including ligaments and bone. Using a dental laser helps to clean infected areas and to sterilize them thoroughly. At the same time, any tissue that is too badly damaged to heal is removed precisely, leaving healthy tissue intact.
When Would I Need Laser Dentistry for Periodontal Disease?
Sometimes laser gum therapy is used in conjunction with other treatments for periodontal disease or as a stand-alone therapy. We may suggest laser dentistry to clean your gums more effectively during scaling and root planing. Laser therapy is also very useful for shrinking periodontal pockets between your gums and teeth.
Using Laser Gum Surgery during Scaling and Root Planing
Gums that are badly infected often need to be deep cleaned with a process called scaling and root planing. It’s a procedure used to clean gums that have receded, leaving tooth roots exposed.
- During scaling and root planing teeth are cleaned thoroughly to remove all plaque and calculus buildup, and special ultrasonic tools loosen calculus from exposed tooth root surfaces.
- Afterward, any rough spots on exposed tooth roots are smoothed or planed, which makes it harder for harmful bacteria to adhere.
Using laser gum therapy in conjunction with scaling and root planing helps to remove bacteria more effectively from gum tissues.
Using Laser Gum Surgery to Treat Periodontal Pockets
When gum disease is advanced, gum recession is often extensive, creating deep periodontal pockets or gaps between your teeth and gums. These periodontal pockets are often so deep that they are tricky to clean thoroughly. Also, the pockets create the ideal anaerobic (lacking in oxygen) environment for harmful bacteria to thrive. Laser gum surgery helps to clean these periodontal pockets more effectively. Removing harmful bacteria aids healing, so the gums begin to fit more snugly around teeth and are less able to harbor harmful bacteria.
Why Use Laser Gum Surgery for Periodontal Pockets?
The thin beam of energy produced by a dental laser can reach into deeper periodontal pockets extremely precisely, sterilizing badly infected areas and helping to remove the maximum amount of bacteria. Any tissues that are irreparably damaged are removed precisely, giving the healthy tissues a chance to recover as your body can fight the infection more effectively. As the gums heal, they begin to shrink, reducing the size of periodontal pockets around teeth.
Gum recession surgery is often an ongoing process. If you have advanced periodontal disease, it can become chronic, so you will need regular laser gum surgery to control the disease. If this is the case, we can provide you with a treatment plan detailing how frequently you should see us for laser gum therapy. Because treatment is faster than conventional gum surgery, this routine should be easy to fit into your everyday schedule.
Laser Gum Surgery for a Gummy Smile
People with a gummy smile will show too much gum tissue whenever they smile or talk, and it can look as if their upper teeth are too short and out of proportion. With a gummy smile, often, the teeth are exactly the right size but are merely covered up with an excess of gum.
Why Use Laser Gum Surgery for a Gummy Smile?
Laser gum surgery can remove excess gum tissue extremely accurately, producing fewer side-effects during healing. Because the laser energy immediately and thoroughly coagulates any small blood vessels cut during surgery, there is less bleeding and less swelling afterward. Healing times are shorter and more comfortable, and there is no need for stitches.
Is It Safe to Have Laser Gum Surgery?
Laser gum surgery is very safe, and our dental laser is modern and meticulously maintained. Our dentists have the correct training in operating this laser and will ensure the entire experience is as safe and as comfortable as possible. It is an advanced treatment that is very non-invasive, and of course, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about laser dentistry.
Our periodontists here at Gentle Dental can discuss all the gum infection or periodontal disease treatment options suitable for your situation. For more information about the laser gum surgery in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.