Benefits of Laser Gum Therapy

Laser Gum TherapyGum disease is a serious condition, not only because it can lead to tooth loss but also because it is so prevalent today. In our Ardmore practice, we believe in creating a strong partnership with each patient through which gum health can be protected with personal attention. We are all different. While oral bacteria is a common thread from one to another, there are other factors that may make one person more susceptible to gum disease than someone else. What we like to do is develop a treatment plan that mitigates these risk factors so we do not find ourselves chasing disease.

Typically, gum disease is treated with deep hygiene referred to as scaling and root planing. This process precedes gum surgery, which may be performed to reduce periodontal pockets and encourage weakened gum tissue to re-attach to teeth. One of the differences in the way that Dr. Marshall approaches this condition is the use of laser technology. Compared to conventional gum surgery techniques, laser therapy offers a number of advantages.

  1. Incision-free care. The soft tissue laser used in gum therapy does not “cut” the gingiva. This not only means no incisions, but also no sutures.
  2. Improved comfort. Local anesthetic is administered prior to laser gum therapy. The same is true of conventional gum treatment, though the gentleness and precision of the laser improves comfort during and after the procedure.
  3. Longevity of results. According to research, the five-year stability of gum health after laser treatment rests at 98%.
  4. Faster, more convenient recovery. Laser energy destroys harmful bacteria and removes damaged tissue at the same time that it cauterizes. This means less bleeding during treatment, and less swelling afterward. Many patients treated with soft tissue laser go right back to their normal routine, and do not have to limit themselves to soft foods after their procedure.
  5. Optimal safety. Laser gum therapy is considered safe for a wide range of patients, even those with existing health conditions such as diabetes.

Gum disease need not lead to tooth loss. With appropriate care, we can manage this condition using conservative methods. The earlier we can intervene in the infectious process, the better. Schedule your visit with Dr. Marshall at (610) 649-0696.

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