Laser gum treatments are a great way to improve your oral health. They can both kill harmful bacteria and stimulate bone growth around your teeth. They can also treat hypersensitivity, gum disease, and tooth decay. Additionally, if you have a gummy smile, laser treatments can help reduce the amount of gum that shows.
While you might have heard about these treatments, you might still have questions. So today, we’re sharing answers to five FAQs about laser gum treatment.
1. How effective are laser gum treatments?
Laser gum treatments are very effective at killing harmful bacteria and treating infected gums while minimizing any damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The laser essentially cauterizes the tissue as it moves over your gums, which minimizes bleeding and stimulates tissue regeneration.
Additionally, the re-infection rates are lower following laser gum treatment than any other method for treating periodontal disease. It’s the best choice when considering the effectiveness and success rates.
2. How painful are the laser treatments?
Laser gum treatments are virtually painless. Most patients don’t experience any pain during the procedure and very little pain during the recovery period.
Your dentist will use a local anesthetic, but sedation is usually an option too. Because laser treatments cauterize as they cut, so you’ll experience less bleeding, swelling, and sensitivity compared to other methods of treating your gums. That means less pain.
3. How long do laser gum treatments take?
In most cases, the treatment can be completed in a single visit that lasts a few hours. Of course, that all depends on your particular gum problems, but it usually doesn’t take too long.
Additionally, the recovery period is much shorter. Most patients can get back to work and their daily routines within 24 hours as compared to other procedures where recovery can take up to 4 weeks.
4. Are laser treatments safe?
This non-invasive treatment is probably one of the safest ways to treat all stages and types of gum disease. Your periodontist should be certified to use LANAP or other systems. You are in very safe hands with these verified professionals.
Moreover, the laser tools used during this procedure give your periodontist extraordinary control. Having the best tools allows them to be very precise.
5. Who can I call for more information?
If you have more questions about laser gum treatments or any other aspect of your oral health, give the office of Duval Periodontics a call today. Our professional staff will be happy to answer all your questions and set up an appointment to keep your smile bright.