Lasers have revolutionized processes and possibilities across a broad range of industries, including the world of dentistry and oral care. Although it is yet to be given approval by the American Academy of Periodontonolgy (AAP), it has so far yielded extremely positive results which leads us to believe that the results for patients thus far have shown some degree of promise.
Periodontal diseases are infections found in the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. In their earliest stages, infection (otherwise known as gingivitis) is limited to the gums, but this alone is a major contributor to tooth loss in adults. If not dealt with promptly, then the problem can quickly spread to other tissues, making the situation far more complicated to rectify.
What happens in Laser Periodontal Therapy?
In periodontal laser therapy, a special laser is used in place of a scalpel or other invasive instrument. The laser is extremely hot and will burn away any inflamed gum tissue from around the roots. Once this has happened, the infected areas of the gum can be removed, and the root is exposed, meaning that scaling can begin. Your dentist will get you to sit in the chair while you have any plaque scraped away both above and below the gum line, as well as any other periodontal treatment that you need.
What are the benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy?
There are many benefits to laser therapy over traditional periodontal therapy and teaching. These include:
Reduced risk of bleeding,
swellingand subsequent pain
Lasers can target the problem areas with extreme accuracy
It is non-invasive
General anesthetic is not required
Regeneration of bones and ligament tissue
Recovery and healing times are much shorter, meaning you can start showing off your smile as quickly as possible.
Risks of Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Like with most laser therapies, there is
How much can I expect my laser therapy to cost?
It is impossible to make a guess regarding the cost of laser therapy as it really depends on your individual circumstances and requirements. Many insurance companies cover some or all of the treatments that we have listed here, but we recommend that you speak directly to your dentist who will be able to give you an estimate of the final cost of cost before you make a commitment.
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