Periodontal Laser Therapy

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Laser Therapy

Periodontal laser therapy treats gum disease more effectively and without dental pain. Removing scar tissue in periodontal pockets kills bacteria that cause the disease and promotes the reattachment of the gum to the tooth.

When the gums are infected or diseased from years of accumulation of plaque and decay, the diseased tissue must often be removed before healing can take place. The traditional methods for removing this tissue and treating gum disease have been either scaling and planing or gum flap surgery.

In scaling and planing, a deep cleaning is done of the area around the gum line with a hand-held or ultrasonic instrument to remove, or scale, the plaque, and tartar from the teeth. If the problem can’t be solved with scaling and planing, gum flap surgery was sometimes done, which involves cutting the gum tissue and flapping it back to clean the area around the tooth root. However, now there is another option available, which is called Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP.

This procedure treats gum disease by using a laser to remove the diseased tissue.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is gum disease that is an infection of the gum tissues and surrounding bone that keeps your teeth in place. Over time, neglecting oral hygiene or eating a poor diet full of sugary foods along with daily consumption of alcoholic beverages or coffee and tea can cause the buildup of plaque and bacteria on tooth surfaces and in pockets along the gum line.

Even if good oral hygiene practices are followed, certain diseases, like diabetes, certain medications, and smoking can also contribute to the development of gum disease. The gum area becomes inflamed and the gums may become tender and swollen, causing some teeth to loosen and jeopardizing the ability to chew. If it is not treated, the gums may recede and make the teeth look longer.

Benefits of Periodontal Laser Therapy

There are many benefits to periodontal laser therapy for gum disease that make it a more practical solution than scaling and planing or surgery. There is no cutting of the gum tissue and the procedure is non-invasive and painless. With periodontal laser therapy, the minimum amount of gum tissue is removed, preserving healthy tissue and encouraging the growth of new tissue and bone. There is little or no bleeding, and the laser can be aimed directly and precisely at the spots that need treatment. The laser also kills bacteria and pathogens and loosens the tartar so that it is easily removed. This makes it easier for the supporting tissue to regenerate and reattach to the teeth.

The Procedure and Recovery

There may be slight soreness after the LANAP procedure, but this can be relieved with ibuprofen. There is hardly any downtime after periodontal laser therapy and you can quickly return to work or to your usual activities the next day. A soft diet is generally recommended for about a week after the procedure, and you should avoid brushing and flossing the area that was treated during that week as well. There may be a small amount of swelling and bleeding from the area, which is to be expected, and applying an ice pack to the side of the jaw will help reduce this. You may need to return to the dental office later for adjustment of the bite after the procedure. Any fever or excessive bleeding or swelling should be reported to the dental office at once.

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