Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

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About Laser Treatment for Gum Disease

Lasers have revolutionized multiple industries, and oral care is no exception. Although laser periodontal therapy is still in its infancy – and not yet considered a proven method of treatment by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) – it shows promising results for eligible patients.

The Laser Treatment Procedure

In periodontal laser therapy, the provider uses a dental laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. When the infected tissue is removed and the root is exposed, the root scaling begins. This involves scraping off the calculus and plaque built up below the gumline and around the root. The dentist then smooths the root with instruments to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and cause future infections. The area between the gum and the root can then regenerate during the healing process.

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