Thursday, November 14, 2013

Advantages of using Laser in treating Gum disease


The use of lasers as a non-surgical therapy used to treat periodontal diseases not only reduce s bleeding and swelling but it also significantly reduces the pain and discomfort to the patient during and after surgery. Laser therapy is a more modern approach in treating periodontal diseases or gum issues, and the procedure is also known as laser periodontal therapy or laser gum therapy. Periodontal disease is chronic. The same bacteria which cause periodontal disease are free floating in your mouth and return to your teeth and gums gradually. Use of antibiotics can sometimes help, but only temporarily. Calculus also originates from your saliva and will always return. Calculus sticks to your tooth and root surfaces and cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Regular periodontal maintenance check-ups and cleanings will always be needed to keep the bacteria from attacking your gums and teeth again.
What are the indications for using a laser to treat periodontal disease? Why will it benefit me versus other methods? Laser periodontal therapy, laser gum therapy, and laser assisted gum therapy tools can be used in almost all patients. The following are specific advantages and indications for this approach in treating periodontal disease:
  • Gummy smiles / short looking front teeth
  • Very sensitive gums and teeth
  • Loose, shifting, drifting, and moving teeth
  • Swollen and bleeding gums
  • Bone loss and infection around dental implants
  • When patients fear traditional periodontal surgery
  • When a patient has recurrent periodontal infections and recurrent periodontal disease
  • When a patient seeks a minimally invasive approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When someone is on blood thinners such as Aspirin, Coumadin, or Plavix
  • When a patient is seeking a holistic and biologic approach to treating periodontal disease
  • When a patient had medical conditions which would not allow them to have traditional periodontal surgery

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