Around 47.2% of American adults over 30 suffer from periodontal (gum) disease. If your gums are inflamed or bleeding, you could have gum disease. Luckily, at Montrose Dental Specialty in Montrose, California, the experienced dental team offers innovative laser gum treatments that prevent infection and tooth decay and restore your oral health. Laser treatment is a safe, successful alternative to surgery. Contact the practice today or use the convenient online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
Laser gum treatment is a cutting-edge alternative to oral surgery to treat moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease. Instead of traditional gum surgery that can take up to eight appointments, your provider performs laser treatment in two visits with two follow-up exams.
Montrose Dental Specialty uses LANAP®, an FDA-approved laser-assisted new attachment protocol alongside the PerioLase® MVP-7™ pulsed laser.
This laser procedure uses pinpointed light beams of heat energy that precisely remove bacteria and infected tissue and reshape your gums.
Your dentist could recommend laser gum treatment if you have gum disease. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, plaque will build up on your teeth, leading to tartar and bacteria growth in between your teeth and gums. You could have gum disease if you have red or bleeding gums or pain when chewing.
Untreated gum disease often leads to tooth loss and jaw problems. Laser gum treatment allows your dentist to restore your oral health. You might choose this treatment over oral surgery, as it’s less painful, you retain more healthy gum tissue, downtime is minimal, and the risk of infection after treatment is lower.
Before your procedure, your provider thoroughly examines your gums and teeth and takes X-rays to understand the extent of your gum disease.
During the procedure, your dentist uses the precise laser to target and remove inflamed or infected gum tissue around your gumline. The laser only removes damaged gum tissue, leaving healthy tissue in place.
The laser also removes bacteria and other germs along your gums around your tooth’s root. Your dentist also removes tartar and plaque buildup. They use the laser to reshape and smooth your gumline.
The laser sterilizes your tissue and bone, then triggers blood clot formation. This avoids the need for stitches and speeds healing.
Expect to make two visits to your dentist lasting 1-2 hours. Your dentist could recommend two follow-up visits to ensure that you’re healing correctly, rinsing your mouth with salt water, eating a soft diet, and maintaining top-notch oral hygiene.
If you’re interested in hearing more about laser gum treatment, reach out online or call Montrose Dental Specialty today.