Laser dentistry can enhance your oral healthcare – especially where gum treatment is concerned. Our periodontist uses soft tissue lasers to treat gum disease and reshape the gingiva to address cosmetic concerns.
Laser dentistry offers unique advantages to patients. Following are great benefits associated with laser dental treatment.
Shorter Recovery Times
Utilizing lasers in dental treatment typically leads to shorter recovery times. Lasers can eliminate the need for scalpels because tissue is cut and sealed by the concentrated light emitted by the laser. This leads to less bleeding and reduces invasiveness.
Lasers Kill Bacteria
A laser’s beam of light neutralizes bacteria. Killing bacteria is particularly beneficial for treating periodontal disease. This can help stimulate tissue regeneration, too – which is especially important for slowing down the progression of gum disease.
More Conservative Treatment
Lasers promote more conservative gum treatment because they are incredibly precise. Reducing the removal of healthy tissue is ideal for patients with gum disease as this tissue is important for providing support to teeth and for protecting the roots of teeth from developing tartar accumulation.
Treating Gum Disease with Lasers
Lasers are useful when treating advanced gum disease. A laser makes it easy to access and clean the innermost parts of the gingiva where bacteria and tartar build up on the root surfaces of teeth. Soft-tissue lasers might be used to replace surgical treatment options or to assist with scaling and root planing – a prophylaxis that removes tartar on the roots of teeth and smooths their surfaces to prevent new attachment of tartar in the future.
Reshaping “Gummy Smiles” with Soft Tissue Lasers
Sometimes, people have excess gum tissue. This is a benign developmental abnormality that can cause cosmetic concerns. With soft tissue lasers, our periodontist can reshape the gum line to expose more tooth structure. Reshaping the gingiva can make a big difference in the aesthetic appeal of a person’s smile.
If you have questions about laser dentistry and gum treatment, call Park Cities Periodontics and Implant Dentistry to reserve a consultation.