Laser Gum Therapy
Periodontal (or gum) disease is an infection of the tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. Traditionally this condition has been treated with scaling and root planing (SRP), a non-surgical method of cleaning the surfaces of the teeth, as well as any roots that have become exposed due to gum recession. Alternatively, periodontists have performed gum flap surgery, which requires the gums to be cut and “flapped back” to allow deep cleaning around the roots. Afterwards, gum tissue is sutured back into place and allowed to heal. Neither option is a particularly fun experience.
Laser gum therapy is a relatively new procedure that shows promising results for treating periodontal disease. Periodontal laser therapy employs a dental laser to access and remove inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. Once this is completed, root scaling is performed. Afterwards your dentist will smooth the root to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and cause future infections. The area between the gum and the root regenerates during the healing process.
Some of the benefits offered by laser gum therapy include:
As with any dental procedure, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene program after undergoing laser gum therapy to avoid a recurrence of the inflammation. If you think laser gum therapy is right for you, contact Southbrook Dental Group to book an appointment.