What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser technology has revolutionized many different types of medical and dental treatments. Laser technology has improved the way dentists can now treat moderate to severe gum disease.
Laser periodontal therapy provides many benefits over traditional periodontal disease. Dr. Ospina at Gables Perfect Smile offers laser periodontal therapy in Coral Gables, FL for patients suffering from gum disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also referred to as gingivitis, gum disease, and periodontitis, is an extremely common condition. It is estimated that at least 64 million American’s have some degree of periodontal disease, which can range from mild to severe.
Periodontal disease normally begins as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits, which leaves some degree of bacteria on our teeth. Over time, these bacteria accumulate along the line, where our teeth meet our gums, causing the soft tissue to become irritated and inflamed. When this happens, the patient can experience symptoms like red, sore gums that bleed when you brush your teeth.
This is the mildest stage of periodontal disease. However, if left untreated, the plaque that is developing along the gum can start to penetrate underneath it. Eventually this can cause severe irritation, infection and a range of other dental problems including loss of the tooth and density in the jaw bone. Infections can also spread throughout the body, putting the patient’s general health at risk.
Treating periodontal disease
With a range of unpleasant symptoms and the possibility of putting our overall health and well-being at risk, it is easy to see why treating periodontal disease is essential. The exact treatment that Dr. Ospina will recommend will depend on what stage of the condition you are at, but typical conventional treatments include a scale and polish, root planing, or invasive surgeries to reduce the size of the periodontal pockets, where much of the bacteria has accumulated.
However, the arrival of laser dentistry has created a new standard of care for periodontal therapy, laser periodontal treatment.
What is laser periodontal therapy?
Laser periodontal therapy is a pain-free and blade-free way of removing harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the gum and around the root of the tooth. It does this using a laser which destroys areas of infection, leaving clean, healthy tissue underneath.
Once the affected area is cleared, your dentist can then use the laser to heat the area until it forms a natural seal over the wound that can be left to heal properly on its own accord and with little to no professional intervention.
What are the benefits of laser periodontal treatment?
In laser periodontal treatment, the laser is used to create the incisions required for the surgery. This offers patients a number of benefits, including:
The surgery can be performed with greater precision and accuracy
No need for staples or sutures
Reduced root exposure and sensitivity
Reduced risk of infection
Greater preservation of gum tissue
Less pain, swelling and postoperative effects
With such extensive advantages, it is easy to see why an increasing number of patients are now choosing laser periodontal therapy as their preferred gum disease treatment.
If you are suffering from moderate to severe gum disease, and you are interested in finding out more about laser periodontal therapy, and the benefits that it can offer you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ospina at Gables Perfect Smile in Coral Gables, FL today at 305-901-0700.