What's Laser Dentistry?
Gum disease is one of the most common dental-related problems in the world. In fact, almost half of all patients over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Gum disease occurs when tiny pockets form and deepen around the teeth. Laser therapy works to eliminate diseased soft tissue from these pockets so that the gums can heal more closely to the teeth, thus reducing the size of these pockets.
Why is Laser Dentistry necessary?
The reason laser therapy may be necessary is because you have gum disease. Treatment uses absolutely no scalpels, incisions or sutures and the benefits of therapy result in the healing of the disease. By reducing the size of those gum pockets, the gums can heal naturally on their own and less bacteria is able to infect the soft tissue. Laser therapy is incredibly beneficial in that it helps prevent the need for more invasive treatment.
Who's a candidate for Laser Dentistry?
We can examine your teeth and gums to check for any signs of gum disease. We measure the gum pockets and make note of any tooth that has a pocket depth of 3mm or larger. If it’s found that you have gum disease, we can offer treatment to you as needed. Most of our patients will benefit from laser therapy because of how noninvasive it is.
What happens during Laser Dentistry treatment?
Laser therapy doesn’t often require anesthetic, but we can provide it to you if needed. We then work to aim a special laser into the gum pockets around each tooth. The laser is efficient in that it eliminate diseased tissue while keeping healthy tissue in place. The next step involves planing the roots of the teeth, which simply means that they’ll be smoothed. Smoothing the roots will help the gums to adhere more closely to them and close the size of the pockets around the teeth. Laser dentistry is quick, simple and pain-free.
If you have gum disease and are looking for an easier way to treat it, call us today and we can help you understand more about laser therapy.