Laser Periodontal Treatment

Laser Periodontal Treatment is a new type of therapy used to treat gum disease.  It has proven to be very effective and is free of the typical drawbacks of conventional surgery.  Laser periodontal treatment stops the infection, reduces the bacteria, reduces gum pockets, and maintains better results over time.  Choosing laser periodontal treatment means excellent, long-lasting results without cutting the tissue.

Procedure:

Laser periodontal treatment starts with identifying a deep periodontal pocket, complete with bone loss and tartar on the root surface. We then use the laser to remove the infected and unhealthy gum tissue out of the pocket.  All remaining tartar and debris is then rinsed out.  Now, the dentist will use the laser again to kill any remaining bacteria or toxins, completely disinfecting the area.  The gum tissue is brought back to the root surface and sealed with a dense fibrin clot.  Next, the bite is adjusted to remove any tooth trauma and to balance out the chewing forces.  The gum tissue and connective tissue are reattached to the root surface, resulting in a smaller gum pocket.

Laser Scaling and Root Planing

We offer deep cleaning services at our practice, including scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface. Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.  These measures help fight gingivitis, a generative disease which, if left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Plaque and tartar on the teeth provide an environment in which bacteria thrive and multiply, resulting in inflamed and bleeding gums. At this early stage, gingivitis can be easily treated by a hygienist with scaling and polishing. If left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing.

As non-surgical procedures, scaling and planing are performed without any anesthesia. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planing are usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment. Please call our dental office and learn how you can achieve healthy gums for optimal oral health.