Laser Periodontal Therapy
Laser Periodontal Therapy uses state-of-the-art technology to treat gum disease at virtually any stage. This form of surgery provides benefits over more traditional gum surgery, which involves cutting the gums and stitching them after the procedure is complete. Laser gum surgery provides greater comfort for patients, including less bleeding and pain during and after the procedure.
Laser Gum Surgery Benefits
- Faster healing time
- Less bleeding
- Less pain
- Less swelling
- Less total tissue removal
Laser technology allows for several periodontal benefits for patients, as well as increased convenience and ease for periodontists who perform the procedure. With Laser Periodontal Therapy, the periodontist is able to remove less healthy tissue and only focus on removing diseased tissue. The procedure also allows the periodontist to better maintain the height of the gums around the teeth, compared to traditional periodontal surgery often requires the removal of large amounts of tissue.
Laser gum surgery allows the periodontist to better close the pocket, or the space that gum disease creates between the gums and teeth. By assisting the closure of these pockets, the gums can heal faster. This helps to prevent additional bacteria from entering the gums and complicating the infection.
Laser Periodontal Therapy Procedure
Laser periodontal surgery uses a specially-developed LANAP protocol, which stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. During the procedure, the periodontist will use a special probe to determine the deep pockets that have formed between the gums and teeth due to gum disease. A special laser light is then used to remove the diseased gum tissue and surrounding bacteria. The periodontist also uses special tools such as hand instruments and an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar from the surfaces of the affected teeth.
After the teeth are scaled, the laser is used to finish cleaning the gum pocket. The laser then helps to close the pocket to prevent new germs from entering as well as expedite the process of the gums reattaching to the teeth. If necessary, the periodontist will adjust any needed bite trauma. Patients benefits from remarkably quick healing times in comparison to traditional cut-and-suture periodontal surgery because Laser Periodontal Therapy does not involve cutting the gums.