Laser Periodontal Management
The periodontal laser is a high-tech piece of equipment that produces a concentrated beam of light. Through the use of fiber optics, the light is placed in your mouth and removes infection and gum disease from around your teeth.
During the procedure, the laser beam is used to sterilize the affected areas. It also seals off or cauterizes blood vessels to minimize bleeding and the possibility of infection. Periodontal laser therapy offers a much more comfortable experience for the patient during and after the procedure.
Lasers and Dentistry
Lasers are an effective way to treat problems with the soft tissues and present no significant danger to the patient. The laser itself is very low powered, which is necessary for performing delicate procedures. The controlled light and heat that comes from the laser destroys bacteria and viruses that may be present in periodontal pockets.
There are many benefits that come with the use of periodontal lasers:
- Shorter healing periods
- Less risk of infection
- Less bleeding
- Less sensitivity in the treated areas
- Less discomfort after the procedure
- Less time spent in the dentist's office
- Questions about Periodontal Disease
What is periodontal disease?
The word "periodontal" refers to the area around the tooth. Periodontal disease is an infection that damages the gums and supporting bone. Periodontal disease comes in many forms including:
- Chronic periodontitis
- Aggressive periodontitis
- Necrotizing periodontal disease
Am I at risk for developing periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease affects millions of people who often don't even realize they have it. If you have a genetic predisposition for a periodontal disease, are a smoker or chew tobacco, have a systemic disease such as diabetes or are pregnant, chances are you may develop periodontal disease.