Through the years oral surgery has advanced from painful procedures with large tools to relatively pain-free methods using a laser. Laser gum treatment is one of the leading techniques for treating periodontal diseases and saving teeth that with previous methods would have had to be removed. Here is a closer look at some of the direct benefits of laser treatment for gums.
Have you ever heard the expression 'like pulling teeth' to describe a situation as being difficult and painful? Laser gum treatment, or LANAP (Laser-assisted new attachment procedure), serves as the opposite of that expression, having been in use since 1994 as a gentle and effective treatment for periodontal disease. During the procedure, a carefully guided laser light is used to remove both bacteria and the tissue it has affected from the gums. Without the presence of bacteria or diseased tissue, the gums can heal unhindered and return to stabilize the teeth.
Reduces Risk of Infection
Since this procedure involves no cutting into the gum tissue and thus no stitching at the end, it allows for rapid recovery and minimal bleeding. The healthy gum tissue surrounding the affected area is preserved from the scalpel making this a much gentler treatment, and since the roots of the teeth are not exposed, it greatly reduces the risk of infection.
Periodontal disease may lead to a higher susceptibility to other conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or respiratory ailments. If left untreated, it may necessitate the removal of affected teeth. By choosing laser gum therapy you can avoid needing a more invasive treatment later on. Laser treatment is highly effective, and providing that post-operative care instructions are followed thoroughly, including consistent oral hygiene and abstinence from tobacco, there is a low risk of recurring gum disease.
If you have an advanced periodontal disease and are considering your options, laser treatment may be the most efficient one for you. Call our office today and schedule your consultation.
ORAL SURGERY SPECIALISTS OF AUSTIN
Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS