Laser Gum Treatment | Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a common oral health issue. Caused by poor hygiene, gum disease can cause inflammation and bleeding in the gums. While it can cause some damage to your mouth, including tooth loss, it is treatable if caught early on. You may require frequent cleanings to keep your gums healthy and free of disease.
Without early intervention, though, gum disease can quickly progress and cause teeth to fall out. You may experience severe pain and develop an abscess or infection. This infection can quickly spread, causing heart and lung problems, blindness and even death. In this case, surgery may be the only option to repair the damage.
Traditionally, gum surgery was an extensive procedure that involved cutting open the gums in several places and cleaning the gums, removing infection and repairing the damage. The good news is that there is a more advanced procedure that can treat gum disease with less pain and downtime. Laser gum treatment does not require cutting or stitches. It is a successful FDA-approved treatment that can help you recover from gum disease more quickly.
We offer laser gum treatment at Galleria Dental of Alexandria. Will it work for you? Schedule a consultation today.
Laser gum treatment is still a lengthy procedure. Expect two visits, with each lasting two hours. During the first visit, the dentist will work on one side of your mouth. Your next appointment will be scheduled for the next week, in which the other side of your mouth will be worked on. Very little downtime is required, so you can expect to go back to work or resume other activities the next day.
Expect some soreness for the first few days after your procedure. Fortunately, this can be alleviated with painkillers such as Ibuprofen. Your gum tissues may experience some discoloration. You may also have splints on your teeth to immobilize them.
To promote healing, be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions. Do not brush or floss your teeth for the next week or so. Follow a soft diet. Refrain from smoking, as this can prolong the healing process.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment
Laser gum treatment does not require any cutting or stitches. This means a quicker recovery period. There is less discomfort than traditional gum surgery. The procedure is shorter, requiring fewer visits.
The procedure is also very safe and effective. After eating a soft diet for a few days, patients feel comfortable eating their favorite foods again.
Treating gum disease is now easier than ever thanks to laser gum treatment. With less pain and quicker recovery time, you can quickly go on eating and chewing as normal. This procedure is much less invasive than traditional gum surgery. The team at Galleria Dental of Alexandria can help you understand the process. To learn more, schedule an appointment.