Laser Periodontal Therapy
Our ongoing commitment to patient care and comfort means that we are constantly integrating new techniques and upgraded technology into our practice. Lasers have revolutionized many areas of the medical field, and dentistry is no exception. At Southwest Nebraska Dental Center, we are proud to include laser therapy as a cutting edge treatment option for our patients suffering from advanced periodontal disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Periodontitis, more commonly known as “gum disease,” is a serious infection that affects more than just the gums. Left untreated, the bacteria that cause periodontitis can destroy not only the gum tissue, but also the underlying bone structure.
As pockets of infection form between the gums and the teeth, the gums recede and bone disintegrates. Teeth start to fall out. Furthermore, scientific students have established a direct link between gum disease and a host of other health problems, including strokes, diabetes, heart attacks, and miscarriages.
Although largely preventable, the CDC estimates that nearly 50% of adults in the United States have some form of periodontitis.
What Is Laser Periodontal Therapy?
Laser Periodontal Therapy (LPT) is a highly effective technique for the treatment of advanced periodontitis. LPT replaces the need for traditional gum surgery, which uses a scalpel to make an incision and requires stitches.
Instead, a precision laser beam is directed at the diseased gum tissue, destroying it and leaving the healthy tissue intact. Then, an ultrasonic scaler removes tartar and plaque, and precision instruments are used to gently smooth the surface of the roots of the tooth. This makes it more difficult for bacteria to “cling” to the tooth and discourages further infection.
The laser kills any remaining bacteria and promotes healing by stimulating the growth of new cells and connective tissue at the root of the tooth. The laser also quickly and safely cauterizes the tissue.
Like many of the technologies we offer at Southwest Nebraska Dental Center, the laser can be used for both disease treatment and esthetic purposes.
Excess gum tissue can make the teeth appear small and create an uneven smile. Laser gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that removes this excess tissue, changing the profile of the gumline and enhancing the appearance of the teeth. The immediate result is a beautiful, symmetrical smile.
Because LPT does not require the dentist to make an incision, there is less bleeding, and recovery time is faster than with traditional methods. Patients who opt for LPT experience a minimal level of discomfort both during and after the procedure.
Are you one of millions of Americans with gum disease? Periodontitis will not go away on its own. However, you can rest assured that Laser Periodontal Therapy from Southwest Nebraska Dental Center can make your treatment comfortable, safe, and effective. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be on the road to better overall health.