Laser gum treatment stands as one of the most advanced forms of gum therapy, often considered the last resort for patients grappling with severe gum disease. When regular oral hygiene routines falter, remnants of food can accumulate, laying the groundwork for gum ailments. Left unchecked, these diseases progress stealthily, typically without causing significant discomfort or pain in their initial stages. As the infection persists untreated, it delves deeper, affecting the underlying gums and bone, ultimately jeopardizing tooth stability. With the infection consuming the bone, gaps form beneath the gum line, fostering food buildup that becomes challenging to cleanse. In time, food solidifies into stubborn deposits known as ‘calculus.’ Moreover, the bacteria within these calculus deposits can infect the gums, leading to redness and inflammation, a condition termed ‘Gingivitis.’ Gingivitis, if left unchecked, evolves into a more advanced stage of gum disease known as ‘Periodontitis’.
Swift and effective intervention is crucial when addressing gum diseases. Laser therapy stands out as the most convenient option for gum treatment, offering the flexibility to adjust its intensity for various treatment phases.
Laser Gum Procedure
Initially, X-ray images are taken to assess the extent of bone loss, followed by a comprehensive gum examination. This involves using a probe to measure gum depth, indicating the degree of bone loss for each tooth. Deeper probe measurements correlate with more severe bone loss, guiding the formulation of a tailored treatment plan.
For instance, the measurements of gum depth and bone loss directly influence the likelihood of saving a tooth. Consider the following guidelines:
- A depth of 2mm – 3mm is within the normal range.
- A depth of 4mm marks the initial stage of gum disease.
- When measurements reach 5mm – 6mm, prompt treatment is imperative.
Laser therapy is employed to gently loosen the gums and eliminate inaccessible calculus deposits. In the initial step, the laser is inserted into the gum pocket to selectively remove diseased tissues and pocket linings, gaining access to concealed food deposits. Low-intensity laser energy is utilized to detach the calculus from the surface, with water aiding in the removal of loose debris.
The subsequent phase involves employing a specialized instrument called a ‘scaler’ for manual calculus removal, ensuring thorough cleaning and root smoothening to deter future buildup.
In the third step, the laser is used to eliminate the unhealthy layer, eradicating bacteria. Finally, remaining bacteria, toxins, and diseased tissue are removed, and clotting is initiated to staunch any bleeding.
Does Laser Gum Surgery Hurt? Laser gum surgery typically involves minimal pain or discomfort due to the precision of the laser technology. Patients often experience less pain compared to traditional gum surgery methods. Local anesthesia is usually administered to ensure comfort during the procedure.
Beyond providing virtually pain-free gum treatment, laser gum therapy has demonstrated exceptional success rates. It diminishes post-operative sensitivity by blocking dentinal tubules and significantly minimizes bleeding. Furthermore, laser treatment requires fewer chairside appointments and boasts shorter recovery periods. There’s no need for incisions or sutures, and laser therapy is safe for patients of all backgrounds.
So, don’t hesitate to call your ToothHQ Periodontist if you notice symptoms like swollen gums, the presence of yellow to brown deposits along the teeth and gum line, tooth sensitivity, discomfort while chewing, persistent bad breath, or a tooth that appears elongated with insufficient gum support. Your timely intervention can make a world of difference. Schedule your FREE CONSULTATION today with ToothHQ Board Certified Periodontists at any of our four convenient locations _Carrollton, Grapevine, Cedar Hill, & Mockingbird/SMU.