About Laser Gum Surgery
Gum disease is an infection of the bone and/or supporting tissues that hold a patient’s teeth in place. The condition tends to affect adults in their 30s and 40s the most. It is caused by:
- Diabetes, and other chronic diseases
- Certain medications
- Poor oral hygiene
Treatment for periodontal disease is typically done through a non-surgical option known as scaling and root planning. This process removes plaque, bacteria, and tartar from the gums. After gum disease is treated successfully, laser surgery can be considered.
With laser surgery, the dental professional uses a laser to both access and remove inflamed gum tissues from around the tooth of teeth. When this infected tissue is removed, root scaling can begin. After removal is completed, the teeth are smoothed with different instruments in order to remove any rough
spots that might attract bacteria and future infections in the future. The area between both the gum and the root can regenerate successfully during the healing process.
With this procedure, no general anesthesia is needed. Lasers have been known to target diseased area precisely. Also, recovery/healing time is much shorter too. Ultimately, both the traditional and laser variation of this surgery has proven to be successful. The only reason it isn’t recommended is simply because dental professionals haven’t been able to prove if a laser is more successful. In saying this, laser periodontal therapy is a great option for those looking to treat their periodontal disease.