Perhaps you’ve just gone to your dentist in Lake Charles, LA, and they have informed you that you have gum disease. Of course, no one wants to have a gum infection, but luckily there’s a wide variety of treatment options that can help mitigate the issue, depending on your unique case. Laser dentistry, or laser periodontal therapy, is one of the many effective and less invasive options for treating gum disease.
But before we dive into how laser periodontal therapy works, let’s first review the ins and out of periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an advanced stage of gum infection, and it affects the supporting soft tissues and bone that hold your teeth in position. If caught in the earlier stage known as gingivitis, it can be treated and reversed with rigorous oral hygiene and care. Periodontal disease, however, requires professional intervention by your dentist.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR), periodontal disease commonly affects adults in their 30s and 40s, and the risk factors include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tobacco use and smoking
- Chronic illnesses, such as Crohn’s Disease and diabetes
- Certain medications
Common signs of periodontal disease are:
- Red, swollen, tender, and/or bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity
- Loose tooth or tooth loss
- Gum recession
There are many treatment options for periodontal disease, including scaling and root planing, bone or tissue grafting, and laser periodontal therapy. However, the treatments needed depend on the varying levels of periodontal disease.
Over the years, laser dentistry has increased in popularity and has delivered incredible results.
How Laser Dentistry Works
Laser dentistry precisely and accurately targets the infected areas, and there’s less pain, bleeding, and swelling because it’s less invasive than surgery. The lasers used for dentistry are extremely safe and relatively painless. No pieces of bone or soft tissues are removed with this method, which preserves your natural gums and tooth roots for many years to come.
The laser energy warms the stem cells that contain blood and seals the tissues against the tooth root, reinforcing the strength of the gums. Essentially, the laser helps stimulate the stem cells to form new connective tissues, bone, and collagen.
Our dentists in Lake Charles, LA use minimally invasive laser therapy in conjunction with other traditional therapies to remove inflamed gum tissue. Using an ultrasonic root cleaner, Dr. Hannaman gently and deeply cleans the tooth roots, clearing away all signs of tartar and plaque sitting below the gumline. Next, he uses a special tool to smooth the tooth roots as a defense against bacteria cumulation.
Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy in Lake Charles
There are many benefits to laser dentistry that both patients and dentists appreciate:
#1 Limits bleeding
#2 Less pain and swelling
#3 Minimally invasive
#4 Faster healing time
#5 Mitigates risks of bacterial infections
#6 Preserves healthy parts of teeth and tissues
Our dentists are specially trained and highly skilled in laser dentistry, so you can rest assured you’re in the most capable and caring hands. We always strive to make sure our patients are as comfortable as possible, and we look forward to helping you attain your best and healthiest smile.
Contact Our Lake Charles Dentist Office to Learn More!
The dentist office of Drs. Scott Hannaman and Edward Herbert is conveniently located in Southern Lake Charles, LA. Patients driving near Moss Bluff should take Bishop Johnny Hair Dr/Old Hwy 171. Continue on US-171 S. Then, Take I-210 W to Lake St in Lake Charles. Take exit 5 from I-210 W. Use any lane to turn left onto Lake St, then turn right onto Country Club Rd. Our dental office is located across Country Club Rd from Advenir at Lake Charles.