If you are suffering from gum disease or its more serious form, periodontitis, your dentist may recommend that you undergo laser gum surgery. This type of procedure has revolutionized how doctors treat many of their patients. This revolution makes laser gum surgery ideal for many patients who otherwise may choose to forgo treatment.
How It Works
The goal of laser gum surgery is to create a healing environment in which the root and gums reattach and form a strong bond. A dental professional first uses a laser to target and remove the infected tissues around the gums. The laser is specially designed and calibrated to affect only infected tissue, so healthy tissue is left intact. When the root is exposed, the doctor can then begin root scaling to remove all calculus and plaque from the roots of the teeth. Then reattachment of the gums to the roots is encouraged and the procedure is finished.
This is very different from traditional gum surgery, in which the gums are cut to give the provider access to the infected area and supporting structures. The doctor cuts out infected tissue and proceeds with the root scaling, after which the gums are sutured back into place. The procedure can result in a great deal of pain, discomfort and bleeding.
The Recovery Period
If you choose laser gum surgery, you can expect to be out and about in a much shorter time period than if you underwent traditional gum surgery. Some patients heal fully in only a few days. Recovery usually occurs quickly with minimal pain, swelling or discomfort. When compared to traditional gum surgery, which can involve an extensive healing time filled with moderate to severe discomfort and dietary accommodations, laser gum surgery is often the better choice.
Laser gum surgery is widely preferred over traditional gum disease treatment options. If you would like to learn more about this type of surgery and how it may help you, India Hook Dental can help. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.