Treating Gum Disease with Laser Periodontal Therapy
Technology has made its way into virtually every medical arena and dentistry is no different. They have been instrumental in revolutionizing the dental industry. Laser periodontal therapy is still a relatively new treatment option and it’s not been recognized by the American Academy of Periodontology yet, but it is starting to show positive results in many patients.
What is periodontal disease?
Gum or periodontal disease is a type of infection that occurs in the tissues and bones that ultimately hold the teeth in their proper space. Typically, this condition affects people in their 30s or 40s. Traditional treatment options include root planing and scaling. These are non-surgical methods used to deep clean the surface of the teeth and roots. It helps generate the healthy gum tissue. There are also surgical options that are more invasive.
How does laser therapy work?
A dental professional will use a specialized laser to cut gum tissue from the root of a tooth. Removing the inflamed and infected tissues exposes the root so they can easily complete the scaling process. This is a process that scrapes off plaque that has built up along the gum line and root. After the scaling is completed, the dental professional smooths the root using special instruments. This smoothing process makes it more difficult for bacteria to attach to the tooth and cause more infections. This allows the tissue between the gum and root to begin the healing and regenerating process.