As technology advances in the dental field, it is becoming common for dentists to use laser treatments to maintain patients’ good oral health. Laser Gum Therapy corrects a multitude of periodontal and aesthetic issues without the discomfort that accompanies more invasive procedures.
Conditions Treated by Laser Gum Therapy:
Aesthetic Smile Enhancement. When your gums cover too much of your teeth, you may want to correct the problem and improve your smile. Laser Gum Therapy is a quick way to eliminate excessive coverage. Healing takes up to three days, and no change to diet is necessary.
Frenulectomy. A frenulum is the flap of tissue that is seen as your lips are pulled away from your teeth. It is also visible when your tongue is lifted to the roof of your mouth. Although it serves no practical purpose, it may cause problems when it is connected too close to your tongue. Without stitches or much blood loss, Laser Gum Therapy corrects the issue.
Periodontal Pocket Sterilization. Immediately following detection of gum disease, Laser Gum Therapy may successfully sterilize pockets that develop around teeth. Diseased tissue filled with bacteria is vaporized, and healthy tissue is left behind. By following a positive oral hygiene routine after therapy, the pockets may shrink and return to near-normal size.
What is LANAP?
One of the newest FDA approved dental treatments is Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is used to overcome periodontal disease and establishes a way for connective tissue to attach to a tooth, which reduces the size of a pocket below the gum line. One laser uses heat to eliminate the diseased area, and a second laser fires heat to form a clot so that the wound does not bleed. The American Dental Association, is optimistic this form of treatment will prove beneficial in preventing tooth loss, especially when used in conjunction with scaling or root planing.
Laser Gum Therapy can be very beneficial to people with gum disease. Instead of enduring painful procedures that require extensive recovery, this treatment is noninvasive and virtually pain-free. If you would like dental tips to avoid gum disease or want more information about laser treatments, you should consult your periodontist.