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Using Laser Technology to Treat Periodontal Disease
Posted on 10/22/2019 by Crossroads Family Dentistry
Laser technology offers numerous advantages in the treatment of periodontal disease. Lasers are used in many medical fields already. The transition into dentistry means great things for patients affected by this condition. Lasers use focused beams to alter or remove tissue. Dentists often use laser treatment to remove overgrown tissues, to reshape gums, and to whiten teeth.
How Does Laser Technology Work for Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the bones and tissue that hold the teeth in place. It is most common in adults in their 30s and 40s but can affect a person regardless of their age. Periodontal disease may be caused due to genetic composition, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses, poor oral hygiene, some medications, and even smoking.
Dentists typically use scaling and root planing to treat periodontal disease. It is a non-surgical method that includes a cleaning of the surface of the teeth and their roots. Laser treatment preserves tissues in the mouth and helps build bones. Dentists use a laser to access infected pockets to kill infected tissue and bacteria. Once the tissue is removed, the root is then exposed, and the dentist in Colorado Springs removes the calculus with an ultrasonic root cleaner. Laser energy is then used to warm stem cells that contain blood in the pocket. This seals the tissues and prevents tooth rot.
Laser treatment is safe. The procedure ensures that no tissue is subtracted. It stimulates cells so that new connective tissues, collagen, and bones grow. The regenerative healing process then begins and replaces lost bone around the teeth and ligaments as well.
Among the benefits of laser technology in the treatment of periodontal disease:
- Limits Bleeding: Severe bleeding and bone loss is frequently a problem gingivitis patients experience. Laser technology removes bacteria from the teeth and gingival pockets. Laser treatment not only eliminates bacteria but also kills them, reducing bleeding and swelling. - Customized Treatment: Dentists can customize laser treatment based on the level of periodontal disease the patient experiences. The dentist controls the entire procedure and ensures that each patient gets the care they need. - Faster Healing Time: Since laser technology causes little to no gum trauma to the tooth and surrounding areas, patients experience a faster healing time in comparison to traditional periodontal disease treatments. - Preserves the Health of the Teeth: Laser treatment is precise, allowing dentists to preserve healthy parts of the teeth as they remove cavities. A patient suffering from a severe bacterial infection, such as with periodontal disease, ensures the best outcome and care. - Minimally Invasive: Laser technology is a minimally invasive procedure that eliminates the need for drills and other dental tools. In turn, patients feel less pressure. Most patients don't need anesthesia for tee procedure. The decreased pain and discomfort is a benefit patients enjoy.
Schedule an appointment with our Colorado Springs dentist if you suffer from periodontal disease and want to experience the most state-of-the-art, safe treatment around.