Laser Gum Treatment
Laser Gum Treatment
Laser gum therapy is a way to treat periodontal disease (gum disease) that works together with scaling and root planing to get rid of the tartar and plaque causing your gum inflammation. Usually done in two two-hour sessions, laser gum treatment doesn’t require a general anesthetic and has a faster healing time than other dental surgery.
How Laser Gum Treatment is Performed
Using lasers, we remove the inflamed gum tissue around your root, which gives us better access to any plaque and tartar below the gum line. At that point, using scaling or root planing, we get rid of all plaque, tartar and debris and then smooth out any rough spots (it’s harder for food and other debris to stick to smooth surfaces).
When laser gum treatment is finished, you will need time to fully heal (often 2-4 weeks). One of the best parts of the healing process is your infection-free gums will tighten around your teeth, leaving you with healthy gums and teeth with no inflammation.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment
When compared to more invasive periodontal surgery, laser gum treatment can have several benefits:
- No general anesthesia required
- Faster recovery and healing time
- Less bleeding and pain
- Precision and accuracy
Laser Gum Treatment FAQs
You’ll need time to heal after laser gum treatment. The length of time required will depend on several factors related to your specific situation, but generally will fall somewhere between two and four weeks.
You might notice some of the following shortly after treatment, but don’t worry as these are all normal:
- Gum tissue changing color
- Bleeding or swelling (usually light)
- Soreness or sensitivity
While you’re healing from laser gum treatment, oral healthcare remains especially important. We’ll consult with you regarding any special actions or techniques you should employ, but a general guide is as it is for all oral health: brush gently and floss twice daily.
Ideally, your diet will consist of soft, nutritious meals while you recover. Avoid hard or crunchy foods as well as anything hot and spicy. The better you adhere to this advice, the quicker your gums will heal.
We’re Ready to Help You
At Cajon Dental, everything we do is centered on you, your health and your experience.