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Laser Periodontal Therapy
How Laser Periodontal Therapy Treats Gum Disease
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone around your teeth. By age 60, from 75% to 90% of us have some level of gum disease. The bacteria that cause this disease live underneath our gums. Our teeth are porous like a sponge. These bacteria can live in the pores of our teeth and in the soft tissue and bone around our teeth. With time, this infection leads to the loss of the bone and gum that holds the teeth in our mouths.
Laser surgery allows Dr. Dyer to remove the infection around the teeth. The infected lining of our gum next to the teeth is cleansed of the infection as well. In early gum disease, the laser alone is enough to bring the tissues back into health. In more advanced stages of gum disease, Dr. Dyer will also use growth factors to grow back the gum and bone you have lost to this disease.
Since laser surgery is minimally invasive, there is little or no bleeding during and after the surgery. The laser seals the tissue to prevent swelling. Without swelling, there is little or no discomfort during and after the procedure. In a short time, you will not even be able to see where he performed the procedure, it will just look healthy. There is very little to recover from after laser gum surgery.
Laser gum surgery is covered under dental insurance just as scalpel surgery is covered. So your investment in treatment is the same whether you have treatment with older techniques. But you experience after treatment is comfortable.