August 15, 2017

Laser technology has brought advances in a wide variety of medical treatments. One of them is laser gum surgery. A laser procedure is an effective treatment for gum disease that is less painful, less invasive and requires less recovery time. Dr.Jacquelne Subka offers laser gum surgery in Thousand Oaks, CA through her dental practice, where patients often choose this alternative treatment.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of gum tissues and can include the bone that anchors your teeth. Its cause may be smoking, poor hygiene, genetic traits or even some medications. A thorough cleaning of gums and teeth, including roots below the gum line, is essential to kill the bacteria causing the infection and prevent it from spreading. If gum disease is left unchecked, you could lose your teeth.

Osseous vs. Laser Surgery

During osseous surgery, your dentist cuts gum tissue and lets it flap backward while giving teeth roots a deep cleaning. Afterward, the dentist sutures the flap back into place, where it heals. With the alternative treatment, your dentist uses a laser to remove infected tissue around teeth roots, then cleans them by scraping off plaque and tartar built up there. Next, your dentist smooths the root, removing rough spots where bacteria can build up, to prevent future infections. The tissue around the tooth root regenerates naturally during healing.

Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery

There are several benefits to laser surgery over osseous surgery, including:

  • No general anesthetic: It is not needed; laser surgery is typically pain-free or only mildly painful.
  • Precision treatment: Lasers allow the dentist to be precise in removing only infected tissue.
  • Recovery and healing: Bleeding and swelling of the gums are limited, and recovery is quicker due to the less-invasive procedure.

If you have signs of gum disease, see a dentist right away to prevent the spread of infection. Dr. Subka performs laser gum surgery in Thousand Oaks, CA to help you maintain a healthy mouth. Please contact the office with any questions.



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