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What Is Laser Periodontal Treatment?

December 8, 2017

Laser periodontal treatment is the use of a specially calibrated, soft-tissue diode laser to perform periodontal health procedures. The technology used for laser periodontal treatment can allow for faster, more comfortable results. Periodontal treatments are used to treat or manage gum disease. Gum disease is a disease that will worsen without treatment or management. In the earliest stage of gum disease called gingivitis, bacteria can irritate the gums causing inflammation and bleeding. As gum disease graduates into more advanced stages, it can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and even health problems outside of the mouth.

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Why Laser Technology?

Traditional periodontal treatment requires the use of a scalpel. Laser technology allows for minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissues. Treatment using a scalpel requires sutures and a recovery time, while the use of a laser allows for a less invasive treatment of the gums. A soft-tissue diode laser is used to remove any damaged or infected soft tissue. A laser is much more precise than a scalpel, even one in good hands, which lowers the risk of healthy tissue being damaged during the treatment.

Gum Disease Left Untreated

Gingivitis can be treated and even reversed with a deep cleaning or a change in hygiene habits. If it is left untreated, the bacteria beneath the gum tissue can lead to an infection. Advanced gum disease and periodontitis cannot be reversed. Treatment is done to stop it from worsening or to treat some of the negative side effects of the disease. Gum recession caused by gum disease can be painful and it can threaten the stability of the teeth. Deep pockets can be formed where bacteria can continue to hide and cause decay. Gum disease is linked to increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Treating gum disease can protect your smile and your body’s health.

Laser Periodontal Treatment Is an Effective Way To Treat Gum Disease

Treating your gums with laser periodontal treatment is an efficient way to treat gum disease. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.