In the past, gum disease treatment often meant surgical procedures involving incisions and sutures. Patients often experienced discomfort and needed to plan for a significant recovery period and process, as well. Laser dentistry has changed all of this, making it possible to remove diseased gum tissue with minimally invasive interventions that are virtually painless. This treatment approach has numerous benefits for patients.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
When using laser dentistry to treat gum disease, your dentist is able to target the diseased tissue with great specificity and leave healthy tissue intact. Because less tissue is removed overall, the recovery process is streamlined. Patients usually are able to resume most routine activity (other than vigorous exercise) within a day or two.
Furthermore, with laser dentistry, the patient does not need to return to the office to have any sutures removed. However, you do still need to see your dentist periodically after gum disease treatment so that your healing process can be monitored.
What to Expect After Treatment
Even when it involves lasers instead of scalpels, gum disease treatment does still require a certain amount of post-intervention self-care. You need to take steps to keep the surgical site clean to prevent infection, which can derail the healing process. You may also need to adjust your diet for a few days to avoid disrupting tissue healing. Your dentist will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your gums after the procedure.
Additionally, after receiving treatment for gum disease, patients must be vigilant about preventing a relapse. Brush twice each day, for two minutes each time, and floss daily. Follow up with your provider as recommended for professional cleanings to remove any accumulated plaque or tartar that contain harmful oral bacteria. Usually you need to receive these cleanings, along with the accompanying dental exams, at least twice each year.
Lasers can be helpful tools in treatment for your gum disease. Call our office to get more information about this treatment option or come in for an initial consultation to learn more.