How does Laser Periodontal Treatment Work on Gum Disease?

A Non-Invasive Procedure Unlike Surgery

Do you have periodontal disease? Did you know that from a wide range of treatment options, laser periodontal therapy may be better than surgery? Know how it will benefit you.

In periodontal disease the gum inflammation and infection have reached an advanced stage, and bone structure may be involved. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, diabetes, or genetics have played a role in its worsening. Scaling and root planing is standard treatment. It removes tartar, plaque, and bacteria from the tooth to below the gumline and its roots. Another option is gum flap surgery, which cuts into the gums to do cleaning. Other surgical approaches include bone graftings and soft tissue grafts.

Laser periodontal therapy is an option that uses a laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue, remove tartar and plaque build-up below and around your gum line. Then, the rough spots on the tooth or teeth are smoothed out by using a different instrument because the roughness can attract new bacteria and infection. Finally, your mouth will need to heal and the gums regenerate.

Who does laser periodontal therapy?

Not all dentists can do this treatment. A special training in the use of lasers is required, ensuring the proper technique and correct usage of the different wavelengths.

What are the benefits compared to surgery?

First of all, unlike surgery, laser therapy entails faster, shorter healing periods, a general anesthetic is not required, and because it is less invasive, there is less pain, swelling, and bleeding. Also, lasers are precise and accurate in targeting the diseased zones.

Is the treatment expensive?

It will depend on your specific needs, as well as the extent and severity of your periodontal disease. You will need to be thoroughly examined before a cost can be agreed on. Ask your trained dentist or periodontist about insurance coverage for this laser treatment.

Your dental professional will be able to tell you what to expect from the procedure, including its after-effects, your particular recovery time and post-therapy dental care. You will also be told about the special diet to help in the recovery, and other guidelines and tips.


Helping You Understand Laser Therapy in Lynnwood

Feel comfortable when you come to us, your Lynnwood dentist, for periodontal check-up. Be assured that though we have other treatment options available, we are also trained and certified for laser periodontal therapy. Let’s sit down and see if it is the right one for you.