Advantages of Laser Therapy for Gum Disease

Laser dentistry, no pain, lots of gain.

Gum disease can become a problem for many people when they enter their 30s and 40s. Gum disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, or chronic illnesses, such as diabetes. Genetic factors and taking certain medications can also increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Traditionally, gum disease has been treated with intense dental cleaning techniques, such as scaling and root planing, or gum flap surgery, which involves cutting open gum tissue to permit deeper cleaning around the roots of your teeth. Left untreated, the infections accompanying gum disease can cause advanced tooth decay and affect your gum and bone tissue.

A new approach to treating gum disease uses the power of laser technology. David Jin, DDS, and his team at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry in Fort Lee, New Jersey, provide laser therapy, which offers a wide range of benefits over traditional treatments for gum disease.

How laser therapy works

When gum disease advances to serious levels, called periodontitis, pockets form between your teeth and gums, trapping debris and bacteria, which can lead to tooth loss. Traditionally, these pockets would require gum flap surgery to treat the areas and promote healing.

With laser therapy, laser energy is delivered into these pockets to attack the infection and clear the way so your gum tissue can reattach itself to the roots of your teeth. This approach bypasses many of the side effects of traditional periodontitis procedures.

The advantages of laser therapy for gum disease

Greater comfort

By not cutting and suturing your gum tissue, many of the unavoidable reactions to traditional gum flap surgery can be avoided. There’s less bleeding, no healing time for incisions, and post-procedure swelling isn’t an issue. You spend less time in the treatment chair, too. Laser therapy is typically quicker than traditional treatment.

Safe treatments

Laser light is a natural sterilizer, so your risk of post-procedure infection goes down when compared with traditional oral surgery. Not only does this aid in fast healing, it lowers the risk of gum disease recurring. Laser light therapy is safe for virtually every patient, including those with hemophilia, diabetes, or HIV. You can also receive laser therapy if you’re taking medications that thin blood, such as aspirin or Plavix.

Reduced need for anesthesia

Because laser therapy causes little to no discomfort, the need for anesthetics is also reduced. While you may receive some numbing spray in the area being treated, there’s often no need for needles or general anesthesia, which is typical for root flap surgery.

Laser treatment for periodontal disease is a game changer for many patients. Dr. Jin and the team at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry are proud to offer laser therapy. Call or click today to learn more about how you can benefit from this amazing technology.

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