Laser Gum Treatment
Laser gum treatment is a noninvasive, painless procedure that uses advanced laser technology to treat a wide range of gum conditions. More commonly used than they once were to treat certain types of gum problems, lasers allow many procedures to be performed with great precision, few complications and little pain.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment
Because of the laser beam's precision, no damage is done, or changes made, to teeth and gums near the area being treated. The laser is aimed directly at the targeted area, treats the problem without cutting any gum tissue, and seals the area after it is treated. There is no need for stitches, and minimal risk of infection or bleeding. Laser gum treatments include the following:
Laser gum surgery can be used to promote healing of diseased gum pockets by eliminating or reducing pocket depth, and helping to restore and regenerate healthy gums. Bacteria levels in gum pockets are significantly reduced by this type of treatment.
Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose more of the teeth at the gum line, improving the look of a smile. This procedure, when performed with a scalpel, may cause bleeding, and discomfort during the recovery period.
Laser frenectomy is a treatment option for a frenum that is attached too far down the gums between the front teeth, or too close to the tip of the tongue. A laser is used to remove all or part of the frenum, helping to eliminate problems such as speech impediments.
Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue and bone to expose a healthy, solid tooth structure, which helps with placement of dental restorations such as fillings and crowns.
Dental lasers may be used for the painless removal of soft-tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures. The traditional method of treating this condition requires cutting the gums and stitching closed any incisions.
Many patients find that laser gum treatments are preferable to traditional methods of treatment, which often use invasive tools. Laser treatment significantly reduces pain and swelling, and is a precise and effective method for treating gum problems without damaging surrounding tissue.
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- National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- U.S. National Library of Medicine