Laser Periodontal Therapy
Lasers have played a role in revolutionizing many industries, including the dental industry and oral health.
At Tulsa Dental Center, we utilize the latest and most innovative technology, tools, and techniques to ensure our patients receive the most advanced dentistry options available.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the bone and surrounding, supporting tissues that hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease can affect people of all ages, but it is most common in adults in their 30s-40s.
Periodontal disease can be caused or worsened by:
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Certain Medications
- Certain Chronic Illnesses – Such as Diabetes
Scaling and root planing (SRP) is a common treatment for periodontal disease. SRP is a non-surgical method of cleaning the tooth’s surface as well as the root of the tooth, which could have become exposed due to gum recession. This type of treatment works to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the gums that surround the root. Additionally, SRP can promote healthy regeneration of gum tissues.
Another treatment for periodontal disease is gum flap surgery. This is where gum tissues are cut, allowing for deep cleaning in the surrounding roots underneath. Gum tissues that have been flapped back for cleaning are then sutured back into place and left to heal.
Laser periodontal therapy is not suitable for all patients. A conversation with your dentist can help you define if laser periodontal therapy is right for you. If you’re ready to find out more about our modern treatments for periodontal disease, contact a member of our team or talk to your dentist at your next appointment.
Laser Periodontal Therapy – How It Works
Utilizing a specialist dental laser, periodontal laser therapy assists in removing inflamed gum tissue from the root of a tooth. Once this infected tissue is removed and the root of the tooth is exposed, the root scaling process can begin. Any plaque or calculus that has built up under the gumline and around the root will be scraped off.
Then, the root is smoothed off, removing any rough spots. The area between the root and gums is left to regenerate and heal naturally.
Here are some of the benefits of periodontal laser surgery:
- Precision. Lasers target diseased areas with incredible accuracy.
- No general anesthetic is required.
- Recovery and healing times are short.
- Less invasive than regular dental surgery.
- Pain, swelling, and bleeding are minimal.
- No need for stitches, as gum tissues are cut with a laser, not a scalpel.
- Helps to preserve gum tissue.
- Lowers the risk of any postoperative infections.
- The laser kills bacteria on contact.
- Ideal for anxious patients, as there is no suturing or cutting.
- Both sides of the mouth can be treated in a single visit.
Laser periodontal treatment is a relatively new form of treatment, and shows promising results. If you are eligible for laser periodontal treatment, it could help reduce the impact gum disease can have on your oral health. Through laser periodontal treatment, Tulsa Dental Center can help you build a beautiful, healthier mouth and smile in a less invasive way.
Our team is dedicated to delivering the best in dentistry in order to improve your oral health and overall quality of life. Modern dental solutions allow us to provide our patients the very best levels of dental care and treatment.
How long do sessions last?
The length of time laser therapy requires varies from case to case, but typically, two sessions lasting about two hours each are sufficient when it comes to treating periodontal disease.
If your periodontal disease is advanced or you suffer from ongoing issues with your gums, this type of treatment can help you regain control of your oral health. Periodontal laser therapy is usually reserved for those with stage 3 or 4 periodontal diseases but can be used in other circumstances as well.
Contact a member of our team today to make an appointment with your dentist to find out if periodontal laser treatment is right for you.
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