What Is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Before we cut to the chase, let’s look at the history, just so that you can see what an improvement severe laser periodontal therapy is.
Gum disease is a huge problem. It’s safe to say that most people have mild to moderate gum disease. And when the horse bolts and it progresses to sever gum disease, tooth loss and bone loss are the not-so-happy outcomes.
Back in the day, dentists could cure gum disease with surgery. But it wasn’t a pretty business. The gums would be flapped back from the teeth so that the dentist could manually get into all the pockets where gum disease bacteria were hiding and clean them out. Afterwards, he or she would need to lift the gum tissue back into place, and there’s be stiches and a lengthy healing process.
Plus, even after healing, those pockets where the bacteria made themselves at home are still there just waiting for new bacteria to find them.
Lasers – The Minimally Invasive Alternative
Lasers help to make periodontal surgery ore effective, but they also make things easier for the patient. There’s also the potential for full regeneration of gum tissue – no pockets left waiting to host the next flare-up.
A highly specialized laser is able to target the bacteria that are causing the infection without the need for “root planning” a process in which the dentist manually cleans out the area around the root of a tooth.
Now, a dentist need only insert a thin fibre into a pocket of infection to kill the germs and the infected tissues. Ultrasonic root cleaning makes sure the root of the tooth is free from calculus. Next, the laser goes to work. It cleans away all the infection and actually helps to seal the gum back in place against the tooth. Best of all, there’s no need for stitches. But the laser keeps working for you after you left the surgery too. It stimulates healing, helping the tissues – including bone, to heal better.
Do You Need Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser periodontal therapy is a massive advance in the treatment of gum disease, but it’s only necessary in severe cases. You can see the symptoms of gum disease long before it gets so bad that you need surgery or laser therapy to fix it.
We can answer the question for most people – they do have gum disease, but they probably don’t need surgery or laser therapy – yet. Avoiding the need for laser therapy is as easy as getting your less sever gum disease treated before it reaches the tipping point.
If you’re scheduled for laser periodontal therapy, relax. Your dentist has chosen the gentlest and most effective therapy for you.
For the rest of us, since studies show that most people have some form of gum disease, it makes sense to get it checked out – especially if you haven’t been to the dentist for a while. Laser therapy makes life much easier for those with severe gum disease, but there’s no need to allow it to develop in the first place!