As modern dental technology advances, the use of lasers in treatment continues to expand. Lasers are beneficial when working with soft tissues, and this is why they are used regularly in the treatment of gums.
Patients in the Clearwater, Florida area have seen great results with laser gum treatment performed by Dr. Beata A. Carlson and Associates at Natural & Cosmetic Dentistry; they are skilled in addressing dental health. Laser gum treatment has become a highly used treatment due to its gentle nature. No stitches or downtime is necessary, making it an easy choice for patients seeking gum treatment.
Laser Gum Surgery – What Is It?
A modern surgery alternative to using more invasive tools, laser gum treatment, utilizes light energy to treat your oral health. Lasers can be used to eliminate bacteria and promote bone growth around your existing teeth. Laser dentistry can treat issues with your gums, such as hypersensitivity gum disease, and can even reshape your gums to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.
The Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery
The overall objective of laser gum treatment is to reverse the damage that bacteria has done to your gums so that you can retain a healthy mouth. Here are some other benefits of gum laser treatment.
Lasers are great for patients with dental fear or anxiety because they are gentle. Laser treatment is far less invasive than other forms of gum surgery or treatment. In the past, if you were to visit your dentist for gum treatment or gum surgery, invasive instruments would have been used to slice into the gum tissue. That would result in stitches and a healing period. With lasers, your gums are never actually cut into. That is not only great for recovery time, but it also dramatically reduces the risk of infection and bleeding post-procedure.
Great for Gum Disease
When allowed to progress, gingivitis will turn into gum disease (periodontitis). That, in turn, will eventually lead to serious dental health complications, including tooth loss, when left untreated. Once you reach the advanced stages of gum disease, it used to be that very invasive treatment was required to save your teeth and reverse other damage. Laser treatment can now be used to change late-stage gum disease significantly. Lasers are great for eliminating bacteria that have settled into the deep pockets of your gums. These pockets form when gum disease develops, and a laser can easily remove these bacteria before they are allowed to cause more damage.
Enhances Your Smile
We all want a beautiful smile full of straight white teeth. It helps us feel more confident and is a real self-esteem boost. We do not even think about our gums’ role in our smiles for many. However, some can feel that they have “short” teeth or a “gummy” smile due to poor proportions of gum-to-tooth material. If you have ever thought that you have too much gum tissue, we have great news for you. Excess gum tissue can be removed, providing you with a balanced smile that you will love to show off. Laser gum treatment can also be used to contour the shape of your gums.
Lasers used by Dr. Carlson and her team will work to fix damaged tissue while stimulating the growth of new healthy gum tissue in an incredibly accurate and precise manner. The lasers used in gum treatment are incredibly precise and will not damage or eliminate any healthy gum tissue during treatment. In addition, the laser used during the treatment will not affect your teeth or bone structure.
Non-laser gum treatments can result in recovery times ranging in weeks. Patients could be dealing with pain, bleeding, or swelling during this recovery time. There could be diet restrictions. In other words, traditional gum surgery could disrupt your life. With lasers, because there is no cutting, there is no stitching or long recovery time to worry about. The laser treatment process was developed to offer a quick recovery time to be back on your feet, living your life immediately.
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