Dentistry, Oral Health
The use of laser technology does not only apply in dental cosmetic procedures, yet also in periodontal gum disease treatment. The laser replaces most of the basic dental tools in removing plaque and tartar deposits from the patient’s teeth.
Periodontal disease is a gum infection caused by plaque buildup and is often characterized by swollen, bleeding and receding gums. If left untreated, it may lead to further dental decay and tooth loss. Periodontists treat gum disease through a non-surgical procedure called scaling and root planing with the use of traditional dental tools. With the advent of laser technology, they perform this procedure using laser light.
Laser periodontal therapy preserves and regenerates hard and soft tissues. In this method, the dentist uses laser light to target infected gum pockets and kill bacteria in seconds. After the infected tissues are removed and the roots are exposed, the dentist removes tartar using an ultrasonic cleaner. Lastly, the dentist uses the laser to warm stem cells inside gum pockets and seal the tissues against the roots of the tooth.
The laser light focuses on killing bacteria and sterilizing the treatment area to reduce the chances of bacterial infection. Then, patients no longer have to worry about recurring gum disease. All they need to do is continue to practice excellent oral care thereafter.
Laser technology has revolutionized periodontal gum disease treatment in a way that patients recover faster after the treatment. That’s because laser therapy causes minimal trauma to the treated tooth, gums, and the surrounding area. In effect, the healing period is reduced as opposed to traditional procedures.
Laser periodontal therapy removes and kills bacteria, thereby reducing gum bleeding and swelling. It might also eliminate the need for gum surgery.
Your dentist controls the power level and wavelength of laser beams in administering the treatment. He’s able to make the necessary adjustments that are tailored fit to the patient’s dental case.
Periodontal gum disease treatment through laser is minimally invasive. It eliminates the need for drilling the tooth and sutures after removing bacteria above and below the gum line. Therefore, patients also feel more comfortable and at ease with laser periodontal therapy.
Sharky Liu is the founder and CEO of DentistFind, a results-driven dental marketing platform and marketing service that applies an analytical and data-based approach to increase new patient acquisition for dental practices.