The majority of the population has gum disease and you just found out you’re one of them. Great. Now what? Your dentist in Canton uses FDA-approved LANAP to treat advanced cases of gum disease. That’s right, our innovative dentists have moved onto bigger and better things than scaling and root planing. If you have gum disease, you may have some questions about our laser gum therapy and how it can truly make saving your teeth and gums easier, quicker, and safer than ever before.
How does laser gum treatment work?
When gum disease begins to advance, your gums will recede and form pockets above and around the gum line. Dangerous bacteria and plaque will collect in those pockets, further infecting your smile and making it very possible to lose your natural teeth.
Our laser delivers a precise amount of focused light energy through a small fiber. The laser is focused on the periodontal pocket to eliminate the harmful debris. This helps to reduce bacteria and removes a small amount of diseased gum tissue. The bone can begin to heal once the affected area has been cleaned thoroughly. Next, tartar, which is associated with red, bleeding, swollen gums, is gently removed from the surface of root with small dental instruments and an ultrasonic scaler.
Does it hurt?
Laser treatment can be virtually pain-free without the use of a local anesthetic. But, if our patients are anxious about their dental treatment we use medication to ensure your comfort. There may be a short period of slight soreness but that’s very temporary.
Am I a suitable candidate for laser gum therapy?
Patients with mild gum disease (gingivitis) can reverse the health of their infected gums with more frequent regular dental cleanings, but those with advanced gum disease should consider laser gum therapy. Gum disease can be classified as Class I, II, III, or IV. The higher the number, the more severe and deep the pockets are of your gum disease. Any patient over Class II is a perfect candidate for laser gum therapy.
Why is laser gum therapy better than traditional scaling and root planing?
Besides a much higher level of comfort, you can benefit from laser gum therapy in these ways:
- No scalpels
- No stitches
- Less dental appointments
- Recovery time is typically one day, rather than two to four weeks with oral surgery
- Your dental treatment doesn’t interfere with your life
Stop Living with Gum Disease
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, despite the class, you could be risking your overall health when you ignore the appropriate dental care. There are studies that have proven there are serious health conditions that come hand in hand with gum disease. You have higher chances of developing diabetes, heart disease, and are more susceptible to strokes.
Contact our office today to be proactive in your dental health. Dentistry at Hickory Flat would be more than happy to get your oral health back on track.