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Laser Periodontal Therapy Can Treat Gum Disease with Minimal Discomfort and Recovery Time

At Hue Dental, PLLC, our office is equipped with the latest technology, including state-of-the-art dental lasers. With these tools, Dr. Nghi Tran, DDS, FAGD, FICOI, can effectively treat gum disease with minimal discomfort. When you undergo laser periodontal therapy at our practice, your dentist will use a laser to destroy pockets of harmful oral bacteria that have gathered in your gums. He will also smooth your tooth roots to keep bacteria from coming back. Laser periodontal therapy is highly effective, and it can improve your oral health for years to come. At the same time, lasers are extremely precise. Therefore, your treatment will involve less discomfort and recovery time than other techniques.

Is Laser Periodontal Therapy Right for You?

Gum disease is one of the most common chronic health conditions. Also known as periodontitis, it develops when bacteria start to build up in your mouth. Often, this accumulation is the result of poor dental hygiene. On the other hand, it can also arise because of genetics, certain medications, and medical conditions. The first phase of gum disease is known as gingivitis. It occurs when bacteria gather along your gum line. As the bacteria multiply, they will move deeper into your gums, where they will create pockets in your soft tissues. The pockets will slowly grow larger, and your gums will start to pull away from your jawbone. At this point, you may experience tooth loss, bleeding, sensitivity, and even jawbone recession.

If you are suffering from mild gingivitis, a routine cleaning will typically be enough to eradicate the bacteria. However, if you have moderate to severe gum disease, you may be a candidate for laser periodontal therapy. We also offer several additional treatments for gum disease. After a complete consultation, we will determine the right option for you.

What Happens during Laser Therapy?

During laser treatment, your practitioner will insert a tiny laser fiber into the space between your dental roots and gums. Your mouth will be numb, so you should experience no discomfort as this is happening. The laser energy will destroy oral bacteria, and it will remove diseased tissue. Then we will use ultrasonic tools to “scale” your dental roots. Bacteria will gather in the rough spots on your roots. Therefore, by smoothing these areas, we can keep microbes from coming back. Finally, we will perform a second laser treatment, using the high energy to kill any remaining bacteria at the bottom of the periodontal pockets. The laser will also cause blood to coagulate and form a seal. This clot will protect the sensitive tissue, giving your gums time to heal as healthy tissue regenerates.

The Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy

The number one benefit of laser periodontal therapy is that it is highly effective. The laser energy can destroy large amounts of bacteria. At the same time, the tools are extremely accurate. With these instruments, Dr. Tran can target bacteria and diseased tissue while leaving the healthy parts of your gums unaffected. As a result, you will experience little discomfort and a faster healing time. Any mild inflammation will typically subside within a few days. Finally, because the laser will seal your blood vessels, you will experience very little bleeding during or after your treatment.

Maintaining Your Gums after Periodontal Therapy

Although laser periodontal therapy can destroy bacteria, it is important to note that gum disease is a chronic condition. Nevertheless, with proper care, you can keep the disease at bay to prevent tooth loss and other long-term damage. The best way to protect your smile is with routine preventive care. Of course, brushing and flossing are essential. However, you should also schedule your regular exams and cleanings. We typically recommend biannual visits, but if you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may benefit from more frequent appointments.