What is Laser Gum Therapy?
You may be surprised to learn just how many people have gum disease. Of course, not all symptoms are created equal. Some people may not even notice symptoms while others could be suffering from more advanced and painful forms of periodontal disease. Whatever the severity of your condition, here at Thomas Fitzgerald, DDS we pride ourselves on being able to treat your gum disease and help you manage your symptoms. One way to do this is through laser gum therapy.
During your laser gum therapy, the specialized dental laser is used to remove some of the inflamed tissues of the gums so that we can better access the roots of your teeth. When you have gum disease, this condition doesn’t just affect your gums. It can also cause plaque and tartar to build up around the roots of a tooth, which can lead to bone and tooth loss in the future. By getting laser gum therapy at Thomas Fitzgerald, DDS you can protect your oral health from jawbone deterioration or tooth loss.
Once the gum tissue has been removed, we will begin the scaling procedure. Scaling and root planing is typically the standard treatment option for managing your gum disease. During this process, we remove tartar and plaque from the gums and roots of the teeth, while also smoothing down the surface of the roots to make it a less hospitable environment for bacteria to multiply and thrive. As a result, new healthy tissue begins to regrow and gums become pink and firm again.
While scaling and root planing is often just performed with traditional instruments, there are certainly more benefits to choosing lasers to treat gum disease. For one, lasers have better precision so they are able to more accurately remove just enough tissue without removing too much. This means that discomfort, bleeding and other side effects of laser gum disease therapy are minimal compared to traditional surgery. Plus, the recovery period is often shorter than with regular treatment methods.
If you are interested in learning more about laser gum therapy and whether it’s right for you, schedule a consultation today at (314) 843-0500.