What is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser Periodontal therapy and curettage is a conservative, non-surgical treatment for treating your periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease, or gum disease, is an infection of your bone and supporting structures of your teeth. Most healthy people have pockets around their teeth that measure 3mm or less, which they are able to maintain with proper home care. However, once these pockets become 4mm or deeper, it becomes extremely difficult to clean and maintain them. As a result, colonies of bacteria thrive at the base of these pockets causing chronic gum inflammation and infection, which can contribute to eventual tooth if left untreated.
After your teeth have undergone a process known as scaling and root planning to remove the tartar and periodontal bacteria, we flush out the pockets with antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions and then utilize the dental soft tissue laser to selectively remove any diseased or infected tissues lining the pockets around your teeth, while simultaneously killing off the bacteria that cause gum disease. Lasers also promote the healing of your gums around your teeth. Often times the dental laser can help regain lost attachment and shrink up the periodontal pockets to normal and maintainable depths.
Laser Periodontal Therapy and Curettage is a specialized type of gum treatment that is usually performed multiple times over a period of a few weeks to heal and shrink the periodontal pockets. In addition to removing infected and diseased tissue, lasers are used to seal blood vessels and nerve endings, thus reducing bleeding and postoperative pain and swelling after periodontal gum therapy.