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Why Your Dentist May Use a Laser for Your Gums

Posted on 6/30/2017 by Kooning Family Dentistry
A patients mouth suffering from gum disease.
When you have gum disease, treatment is essential. In the past, it was common practice to use manual tools.

In some cases, gum flap surgery was needed in order to get to the areas below the gum line. Now, with advancements in technology, your dentist may be using a laser on your gums to treat your gum disease.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a serious condition which, left untreated, leads to severe infections and tooth loss. It begins with gingivitis, which can be silent, only showing itself in swollen gums that may bleed when you brush or floss.

As the disease progresses, bacteria travel below your gum line to infect your jawbone and your teeth. Your gums begin to recede and your teeth become loose, and may fall out.

Treatment with a Laser

Scaling and root planing is the traditional treatment for more severe cases of gum disease. Manual tools are used to scrape plaque, tartar and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, both above and below the gum line.

If your dentist couldn't get far enough below the gums, gum flap surgery (cutting back the gums to access the roots of the teeth) was performed. This surgery is invasive, causes bleeding and can take a while to heal.

A laser eliminates the need for gum flap surgery. Instead of cutting into the gums with a scalpel, your dentist uses a laser to remove inflamed gum tissues in order to reach more difficult areas of your teeth.

This way, the surfaces of your teeth and their roots can be smoothed, preventing new buildup and allowing the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth properly. In some cases, the laser can be used to remove this buildup as well.

Using a laser to treat gum disease has several benefits:

•  More accurate.
•  Less invasive.
•  Less bleeding (the laser cauterizes as it cuts).
•  Less pain and swelling.
•  Faster recovery.

If you need to have scaling and root planing performed to treat your gum disease, be sure to contact our office about using a laser.

Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC
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