Laser gum cleaning is used to treat periodontal (gum) disease and is generally less invasive than traditional surgery. Our laser operates at a specific wavelength that attacks the bacteria that contributes to gum disease while leaving healthy tissue intact. Post-surgical recession and tooth sensitivity, which can be significant following traditional gum surgery, are also greatly reduced. Patients also typically report less pain and discomfort during and after the procedure, compared to traditional gum surgery. They enjoy fast healing times and more predictable results.
Gum disease isn’t widely talked about, but can have a big impact on your life. Patients suffering from gum disease often feel less confident and fear losing their teeth as untreated gum disease will lead to tooth loss.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease begins when a film called plaque accumulates on the teeth. If it is not removed efficiently with daily brushing and flossing the calcium from saliva hardens the plaque-this calcified plaque is called tartar or calculus. Certain types of germs that live in this plaque and calculus damage gum tissue. Your body tries to fight this infection with an inflammatory attack, sending white blood cells to the area to destroy the bacteria. This inflammation causes the tissue to bleed easily when you brush or floss. This stage of the condition is called gingivitis.
If the infection and inflammation persists, the result is a chronic inflammatory condition where the gums, ligament and bone around the teeth are destroyed - often with no symptoms. This stage is called periodontitis.
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our lASER treatment process
We use the only laser periodontitis treatment protocol that is cleared by the U.S. FDA and is clinically and histologically proven to regenerate new gum tissue, ligament and bone. Learn more about our process:
Laser Process Step by step
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The Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth and bone defects.
Laser energy vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and alerts the practitioner to the presence of tartar.
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What to Expect: Your Laser SurgeryLaser periodontal surgery is a full mouth procedure usually completed in two 2-hour visits. We complete one side of the mouth during the first visit, and complete the other side on the second visit. Surgeries are usually scheduled within one week of one another. It is common to quickly return to work or other activities.
What to Expect: The First Few DaysYou may experience mild aching, throbbing, and soreness of the treated areas for the first couple days-this can be helped with mild pain medications. The tissue around the teeth may appear discolored. Your bite may feel slightly different, but the teeth will adapt. You cannot brush or floss for the first 7-10 days after treatment, and you may need to follow a liquid or mushy diet. Smoking decreases results for all gum treatments, including laser.
What to Expect: Follow-up CareAs the gums heal, the teeth will shift, and your bite will need to be adjusted several times over the coming months. Splints may be fabricated to stabilize and immobilize the teeth. It is important that you wear these splints as instructed to promote healing. Expect to have your teeth professionally cleaned every three months for at least the first year, and then as recommended by your dentist.
Who is a candidate for laser surgery?Patients with moderate-to-severe gum disease can especially benefit from the laser protocol. The laser treatment is also an excellent treatment option for patients who are fearful of conventional scalpel surgery and patients taking certain medications, such as blood thinners. With this treatment, patients do not have to stop taking any medications.
Why is it important to get my gum disease treated?The health risks of gum disease go far beyond the loss of teeth. There is a connection between gum disease and a number of serious medical conditions. People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, and have nearly twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack. Gum disease has also been linked to other health problems, including respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, HPV, and pregnancy complications.
Can the laser gum cleaning help my loose dental implants?Yes! Using our special laser, we can often save ailing or failing implants in a similar manner. We use the same laser, but different laser settings and light exposure that will help your implant stabilize while destroying periodontal pathogens and endotoxins.
Untreated periodontal disease will lead to tooth loss.