Everyone knows about the advancements of Laser technologies. It almost used in every industry. And just like others, oral care has also adapted it. Even though it’s new, it has been proven as a great treatment method for periodontal or gum disease. Many studies have shown that the results achieved from laser surgery is almost similar compared to other treatment processes, including scaling and root planning alone.
Know the cause
Before learning about laser periodontal surgery, you should know why anyone needs to go for laser periodontal surgery. The root cause of this is the periodontal or gum disease. It’s an infection of the supporting tissues that hold the teeth in place. It’s a pathological inflammatory condition of the gum and bone support. The common periodontal diseases are: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of chronic degenerative process resulting in the loss of covers of both gum and bone tissue. Periodontitis is characterized by the formation of pockets or spaces between tooth and gums. However, fortunately, people affected by gingivitis do not always develop periodontal disease.
How is laser periodontal surgery done?
In the general process of treating periodontal or gum disease, scaling or root planning is done, which is a non-surgical method that includes cleaning the surface of the teeth and their roots, which are prone to gum recession. With the developments in laser technology, dentists have started using laser periodontal surgery. It’s a tissue-reserving, regenerative, and bone-building procedure. In this treatment, the dentist uses a laser to access an infected pocket to kill the infected tissue or bacteria. Once the tissue is removed, the calculus is removed from the root with an ultrasonic root cleaner instead of scraping with hand tools.
This treatment helps in keeping the gum tissue intact, stimulating the stem cells in the tissue to form new connective tissues, bone, and collagen. The body’s healing process then regenerates the lost ligaments and bone around the tooth.
- Preserves other teeth:
Laser treatment does not harm other teeth while performing the activity. Moreover, those who are having severe bacterial infections, preservation of any healthy teeth is necessary in the long run.
- Reduces bleeding:
If you’re suffering from gingivitis, then you might be suffering from gum bleeding and bone loss. With the help of laser treatment, you can not only remove the bacteria, but also kill them. This helps in reducing bleeding and swelling of gums. It may even eliminate the need for further gum disease treatment such as gum surgery.
- Easier healing:
Compared to other traditional treatments, laser treatment takes lesser time for healing. It causes lesser trauma to the gum, tooth, and surrounding areas making the whole process much faster.
- No bacterial infection:
This one thing might cross anyone’s mind while opting for laser surgery, that will it cause any bacterial infection. Thankfully, the number of tools used for the procedure is pretty less, this helps in sterilizing the area thus, lowering the risk of bacterial infection.
Laser periodontal surgery is a breakthrough in the treatment of gum disease, as it takes some of the most effective treatment modalities that have been used for many years and enhances them with the conservative use of laser.