Periodontal disease can be a scary diagnosis, until you learn that it is, in fact, gum disease. So there’s a scary name for something that can be treated without much fuss. Most of the time someone suffering gum disease will have their roots and teeth cleaned thoroughly, while also being given medications to control pain.
Then the dentists look at the gum pockets once the cleaning has been done and some time has passed. After that, most of the patients get to leave and take preventive medication to prevent gum problems. For those that still have problems, the road will get a bit harder.
Removing the Periodontal Pockets
If the gum pockets are too large, then it makes it easier for bacteria to get into your gums and that start causing decay for your teeth. The next step might be surgery, which will get rid of the inflamed areas of your gums.
This can be done traditionally or by using periodontal laser treatment. Plus, the thought of surgery gets more interesting if you picture the bacteria infested gum strongholds as actual strongholds. Then you get to nuke them from the sky with an angry laser beam. Who wouldn’t want that!
Laser treatment fires a laser into your mouth and destroys the bacteria and the infected tissue they live on. Then the warmth of the laser gets the stem cells moving, and they start to regenerate the tissue that was removed. This starts the healing process for your mouth.
Benefits of Using a Laser
A laser procedure can stop bleeding and can kill the bacteria with one swift stroke. With traditional surgeries, some bleeding and inflamed gums can still happen while people recover. Lasers bypass all that, and they can also be adjusted based on the patient.
Depending on how badly the gum disease has infected you, a dentist can tweak the wavelength and the power of the laser to provide the best effect for you. So, the beam can be set to stun or kill! There’s not a one size fits all with periodontal disease, and the lasers reflect that. They also are precise, so only the bacteria will be damaged by the strikes, and the rest of your mouth will be fine.
Not Much Pain
Laser treatment also doesn’t require a drill or any anesthesia, so there’s no pain or much downtime. It’s almost like the doctor is shining a flashlight at your mouth, and you’ll be able to heal quicker. If the thought of dental surgery has you squirming uncomfortably, then maybe going high tech will help you out.
Finally, the procedure also works long term. Lasers make sure that the bacteria can’t come back to the same area, by sterilizing the whole area and reducing the risk of infusion from other tools. So, once the gum disease is gone, you can make sure it doesn’t come back.
Ask your dentist about periodontal laser treatment, and see if it will work for your mouth to prevent gum disease.