Laser-assisted periodontal therapy is one of three non-invasive treatments for periodontal disease. When used with scaling and root planing, this procedure helps clean and heal gum tissue inside and out.

In today’s blog, we’ll introduce you to gum disease and how it can be treated with laser-assisted periodontal therapy.

Gum Disease: An Overview

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection that occurs within the gum tissue and bone securing your teeth. The condition affects 47.2% of all adults above the age of 30, with the rate increasing due to factors such as:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Gender (more males than females)
  • HIV, cancer, and illnesses that disrupt the immune system.
  • Smoking
  • A poor oral routine.
  • Family history

What to Expect During Laser Therapy?

During a periodontal laser procedure, a dental laser is used to remove the infected gum tissue from the base of the affected tooth. Once the inflamed tissue is removed, it leaves the root exposed, which is where root scaling comes in.

Root scaling removes the calcified dental plaque and more, forming below the base and gumline. The dentist then takes preventive measures to avoid future infections and plaque build-up, leaving the root to heal and regenerate naturally.

A Dentist Taking an X-Ray of a Female’s Oral Cavity

Benefits of Laser Therapy

There are several benefits of choosing non-invasive laser-assisted periodontal therapy over invasive surgery, such as:

  • Relatively gentle and painless.
  • Doesn’t require general anesthesia.
  • Precision guaranteed
  • Causes minimal bleeding, swelling, pain, and after-effects.
  • Minimal downtime

The only risk associated with laser therapy is the accidental use of an incorrect wavelength and damaging the tissue beyond repair, which isn’t even a risk as long as you’re having the procedure done at a well-respected and established dentistry in Bingham Farms, MI.

Post-op Care for Laser Therapy

While it’s considerably faster to recover from laser-assisted therapy, you should take extra care by:

  • Brushing your teeth regularly.
  • Rinsing your mouth after every meal.
  • Flossing after every meal.
  • Avoiding bad habits, such as smoking.
  • Following the doctor’s advice.

Ready for Laser-assisted Treatment in Bingham Farms, MI?

Now that you know a fair bit about laser-assisted periodontal therapy, book an appointment at our oral surgery clinic for a dental examination and have your gum disease treated down to the last microbe. Check out all the cosmetic and general dentistry services our dentists offer and select your treatment method.

Contact us for queries and concerns.