Laser Gum Surgery

What Is Laser Gum Surgery?

The advancements in laser technology have expanded even to the dental field. Laser gum surgery (laser periodontal therapy) is still a relatively new treatment and isn’t approved by the American Academy of Periodontology. However, Dr. McNeely, a Shreveport and Natchitoches, LA, dentist, is well versed in the treatment and can guarantee promising results to a variety of patients.

About Laser Gum Surgery

Gum disease is an infection of the bone and/or supporting tissues that hold a patient’s teeth in place. The condition tends to affect adults in their 30s and 40s the most. It is caused by:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes, and other chronic diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Genetics

Treatment for periodontal disease is typically done through a non-surgical option known as scaling and root planning. This process removes plaque, bacteria, and tartar from the gums. After gum disease is treated successfully, laser gum surgery can be considered.

With laser gum surgery, the dental professional uses a laser to both access and remove inflamed gum tissues from around the tooth of teeth. When this infected tissue is removed, root scaling can begin. After removal is completed, the teeth are smoothed with different instruments in order to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and future infections in the future. The area between both the gum and the root can regenerate successfully during the healing process.

With this procedure, no general anesthesia is needed. Lasers have been known to target diseased area precisely. Also, recovery/healing time is much shorter too. Ultimately, both the traditional and laser variation of this surgery has proven to be successful. The only reason it isn’t recommended is simply because dental professionals haven’t been able to prove if a laser is more successful. In saying this, laser periodontal therapy is a great option for those looking to treat their periodontal disease.

Are you interested in laser gum surgery? Call Tom McNeely, DDS, MS in Shreveport, LA, Natchitoches, LA, and Minden, LA at (800) 845-0063 or (318) 226-9306 to learn more!