Advanced gum disease, known as "periodontitis," will literally eat away at your smile if left unchecked. Unlike "gingivitis," gum disease in its early stages, periodontitis does irreversible damage to the teeth, gums and eventually the jawbone underneath. Brushing flossing are no longer enough when gum disease advances to periodontitis. But if you seek professional treatment early enough, you’ll be afforded more options for treating your gum disease – including minimally invasive options such as laser gum therapy.
Take a look at how laser gum disease treatment such as the LANAP® laser protocol can help you reclaim your smile, if you act urgently when you notice problems developing with your oral health.
How Laser Gum Surgery Works
Based on the same concept as conventional gum surgery, laser gum therapy entails carefully trimming away diseased tissue to protect healthy tissue from being attacked by gum disease. While conventional gum therapy makes use of a scalpel to removed soft tissue, laser gum therapy leverages finely-tuned, highly precise laser light to remove decaying gum tissue.
There are many benefits of going with laser gum surgery. Some of the top benefits of laser gum therapy are as follows:
- Minimal bleeding – the accuracy and efficiency of lasers such as LANAP mean there will be very little bleeding when removing diseased gum tissue.
- No need for sutures – minimal bleeding means there’s no need for stitches. The heat from the laser also helps cauterize each cut it makes.
- Fewer appointments needed – because there are no sutures to be taken out, there’s no need to for another appointment to have stitches removed.
- Just about painless – the discomfort will be mild and you won’t even need local anesthesia.
For the more severe cases, there’s no beating the combination of a scalpel and experienced hands will it comes to pulling teeth and gums back from the brink. If you’d prefer laser gum surgery, it’s better to seek treatment sooner rather than later.
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