How Laser Therapy Works to Treat Gum Disease

Are you doing everything you can to score a great checkup at the dentist, or are you avoiding your next visit due to stress and anxiety related to treating gum disease? If your answer is the latter, you might be surprised to learn about advances in treatment that eliminate the discomfort or noise from a dental drill.

At Dental Illusions, Basil Moukarim, DDS, offers regular periodontal maintenance and treatment as well as laser therapy to treat gum disease. Laser therapy is much more comfortable for our patients than traditional methods of treatment; it can put you at ease in our dental chair.  

What is gum disease?

Nearly half of Americans have gum disease, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its early stage, gum disease causes gingivitis, or inflammation and bleeding of the gums. In its most serious form, gum disease progresses to periodontitis, which causes gums to pull away from the tooth. Many patients don’t know they have this serious problem that can lead to bone and tooth loss if not treated.

Laser therapy offers a nearly pain-free solution

The American Dental Association advises that initial treatment for gum disease begin with a non-surgical option called scaling and root planing. This method cleans both the surface and the roots of the teeth, but it sometimes requires more than one visit and the use of a local anesthetic.  

A more invasive treatment known as scalpel and suture surgery treats advanced periodontal disease. However, it carries risks including postoperative pain, infection, and exposure of the tooth root surfaces. Patients sometimes avoid getting this treatment due to the anxiety the procedure provokes, thus risking their dental and overall health.

Laser therapy is a newer treatment used in place of scalpel and suture, and it is essentially pain-free for patients. You’re less likely to experience bleeding, swelling, and postoperative sensitivity, and it allows your mouth to start healing as soon as the procedure ends.

How laser therapy works on gum disease

Dr. Moukarim typically uses an anesthetic spray to numb the area for laser therapy treatment, rather than an injection. With variable wavelengths and power, the laser customizes the procedure for each patient.

The dental laser replaces the scalpel to first target and remove inflamed and infected gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. After treating the infected tissue and exposing the roots, the laser works to remove any hardened dental plaque and calculus around the tooth roots.

This procedure prompts the regeneration of healthy gum tissue, creating a seal against the tooth root that helps prevent future infection.

The benefits of laser therapy

At Dental Illusions, we aim to increase patient comfort and reduce treatment time. This makes laser therapy of the most effective options we have available to treat gum disease.

Additionally, laser therapy causes little trauma to your gums, teeth, and surrounding areas. This means healing time after the procedure is drastically reduced compared to more traditional treatment options. Patients recover more quickly, and the process is faster.

The laser also helps in sterilizing the area of your mouth being worked on, reducing the risk of bacterial infection. In turn, it lessens the need for more invasive treatment in the future.

Laser therapy is a great option for many of our patients with gum disease, and the technology is also effective for gum grafting and other specialized dental treatments. However, it is not suited to all cases.  

Contact Dental Illusions to schedule an exam and find out if laser treatment is your solution to achieving optimal periodontal health. We have two offices in Houston, Texas, and our team of friendly professionals is happy to answer any other questions you may have.

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