Can Laser Therapy Treat Periodontal Disease?

Laser teeth cleaning is a great option for people with gum disease, as it usually causes less swelling and discomfort than traditional treatments. Laser therapy is not a stand-alone treatment, but works in conjunction with other therapies. In periodontal laser therapy, the periodontist uses a laser to access and remove inflamed gingival tissue from around the root of the tooth. Then, they remove the tartar and plaque accumulated under and around the gum line.

After that, they use a different tool to smooth out any rough spots on the tooth above and below the gum line. This helps to prevent future bacterial infections. Many patients come to our dental office looking for a solution to treat their gingivitis or gum disease after talking to other dentists who talked about invasive methods, which they are concerned about undergoing. In traditional deep dental cleanings, it is necessary to separate the gum tissue from the tooth structure in order to use a metal dental tool to scrape away the plaque and tartar that have accumulated on the teeth. It's an effective treatment method, but it's understandable that it's invasive and causes irritation. Some laser devices have been approved for the treatment of periodontitis.

However, these devices have not been approved as stand-alone therapy. Laser therapy can help treat periodontal disease. It is used as an adjunct to treatment procedures such as scraping and root smoothing. The laser is applied below the gumline, often with local anesthesia.

The energy emitted by the laser is selectively absorbed and reflected by the different structures found under the patient's gum, including bacteria. Lasers in dentistry have been used for some time to make dental treatments more efficient, cost-effective and comfortable. This means that your gums will look much healthier after the consultation than with a traditional deep dental cleaning. After laser therapy, your postoperative care will be unique to your healing process and your dentist will give specific guidelines for you. But in general, brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning your gums once a day with dental floss, a floss with water or another interdental cleaning instrument, and rinsing regularly with an antimicrobial mouthwash will be the cornerstones of a top-notch oral care routine. Because your gums won't get inflamed or irritated and you won't experience any significant bleeding, the recovery time after a deep cleaning with a laser dentist is much shorter than other treatments.

Your dentist will tell you how best to care for the site of your laser therapy treatment, as well as your entire mouth. Dentists often ask a series of questions during a dental exam to gather more information about the patient's oral health, previous dental history, and goals. Recovery time and dental care after therapy will depend on several factors, such as the wavelength used in laser therapy treatment, the severity of the condition, and the state of health.

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