Gum Disease Laser Therapy
Dr. Schillinger is proud to offer the latest technology available for periodontal therapy: laser treatment. There are numerous advantages to using laser therapy as opposed to the traditional methods requiring a scalpel and sutures.
With laser treatment, there is reduced or no bleeding, minimized swelling, no charring, and no drill noise or vibration. The stress and anxiety often associated with dental work is therefore eliminated when you experience quick, effective, and essentially pain-free laser procedures. Also, postoperative sensitivity is greatly limited by laser dentistry, and recovery time is much quicker than with traditional methods. In fact, due to the less-invasive nature of the laser technique, the mouth begins to heal immediately after work is completed!
Reduced Risk of Infection:
The laser’s high-energy light beam acts as a sterilizer on the area it is working, thereby reducing the risk of bacterial infections and relapses.
Anesthesia Limited or Eliminated:
Because laser dentistry is virtually painless, no longer will you suffer with fear of injections and numbness. Often, only a light anesthetic spray is required. Laser treatment eliminates the complications and cost associated with anesthesia.
Dr. Schillinger can perform a variety of procedures using laser technology, such as a frenectomy, osseous surgery, and gum grafting. Dr. Schillinger is also able to use laser technology as a way to regenerate healthy gums and remove diseased areas in a virtually painless way. This method also encourages healthy gum to regenerate and attach to the teeth. There is a much lower chance of gum disease returning when laser therapy is used as opposed to traditional surgery.
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Gum Disease FAQ
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, sometimes called periodontitis, is an infection of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, it can damage the jawbone, leading to tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen, bright red, or purplish gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Pain when chewing
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
What is Gum Disease Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy for gum disease is a non-invasive procedure using a tiny laser to remove tartar from the teeth, roots, and any pockets of infection that have built up in and around the teeth. There are no incisions and little to no bleeding.
How Long Does Laser Therapy for Gum Disease Take?
It usually takes two, 2-hour sessions to complete laser therapy. The time varies depending on the severity of the tartar, plaque, and gingivitis treated.
Is Laser Therapy for Gum Disease Painful?
Dr. Schillinger administers a local anesthetic for your comfort during laser therapy, but any discomfort is mild. Most patients report no pain after the procedure. Your gums may be slightly inflamed and sensitive, so a soft food diet may be recommended the first day following the laser therapy.
Is Laser Therapy Safe?
Absolutely! We follow strict guidelines on the use of laser light. We carefully monitor the wavelengths and energy levels during the procedure, adjusting them to suit the area treated.
What is Recovery Like Following Gum Disease Laser Therapy?
Most people return to their normal activities the day of or the day after laser therapy. While there may be mild swelling or discomfort, this is easily controlled with over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen.
Dr. Schillinger uses laser therapy to treat gum disease and restore the health of your entire mouth effectively and safely. If you would like more information on gum disease and laser therapy, please schedule an appointment.
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I really wanted the staff to know how much I appreciated their care and concern for me. I hadn't been to a dentist in many years and was extremely nervous about my first visit. But everyone made me feel comfortable and went out of their way to ease my fears. Being able to use a sedative (gas) worked wonders. Rusti, I can't thank you enough for paying such close attention to my sensitive teeth and gums but still getting the job done. I never thought I would say this but I no longer worry about going to see the dentist.
- Suzanne B