Laser Periodontal Therapy
Lasers have revolutionized processes and possibilities across a broad range of industries, including the world of dentistry and oral care. Although it is yet to be approved by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), it has yielded highly positive results, which leads us to believe that the outcomes for patients thus far have been promising.
Periodontal diseases are infections found in the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone. In its earliest stages, infection (otherwise known as gingivitis) is limited to the gums. This alone is a significant contributor to tooth loss in adults. The problem can quickly spread to other tissues if not dealt with promptly, making the situation far more complicated to rectify.
What Happens During Laser Periodontal Therapy?
A special laser is used in place of a scalpel or other invasive instrument during periodontal laser therapy. It’s hot enough to burn away any inflamed gum tissue from around the roots. Once this has happened, your dentist can remove the infected areas of the gum, exposing the root. From there, scaling can begin. You will sit in the chair while your dentist scrapes away any plaque above and below the gum line. They may also perform other periodontal treatments you may need.
What are the Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy?
There are many benefits to laser therapy over traditional periodontal therapy. These include:
- Reduced risk of bleeding, swelling, and subsequent pain
- Lasers can target the problem areas with extreme accuracy
- It’s non-invasive
- A general anesthetic is not required
- Regeneration of bones and ligament tissue
- Recovery and healing times are much shorter, meaning you can start showing off your smile as quickly as possible
Risks of Laser Periodontal Therapy
Like most laser therapies, there is minimal risk from any of the procedures listed. The most significant threat involves post-therapy bleeding or other complications; however, this is rare. Your doctor can control the situation easily should it occur or if any other risks are specific to you.
How Much Can I Expect My Laser Therapy to Cost?
It’s impossible to guess the cost of laser therapy, as it depends on your circumstances and requirements. Many insurance companies cover some or all of the treatments we have listed here. However, we recommend speaking directly to your dentist, who will give you an estimate of the final cost before you commit.