If you don’t take care of your teeth and avoid dentist visits, sooner or later you may develop periodontitis, an advanced case of gum disease. To treat such advanced cases, you can undergo scaling and root planning, a process usually done manually. Or you can have laser gum surgery, a painless way to clean the harmful bacteria out of your mouth. Gum recession surgery doesn’t have to be painful. Ask your SoHo dentist about gum surgery using a laser!
Laser Gum Surgery
Laser gum surgery shows promising results for treating periodontitis, an advanced form of periodontal disease. Gum disease begins with sore and bleeding gums, but periodontal disease progresses to a severe stage when your gums pull away from your teeth. This creates pockets for bacteria, possibly leading to tooth loss.
With access to the latest technology and treatments, Dr. John Koutsoyiannis at Sohosmile uses a laser as a safe and effective method of gum recession surgery. Using this painless procedure, your SoHo dentist removes inflamed gum tissue to combat periodontitis and reverse the effects of diseased gums. This modern procedure is steadily increasing in popularity throughout Manhattan.
Traditional Methods of Gum Surgery and Treatment
Traditional treatment of periodontitis is usually done by scaling and root planing, which is a nonsurgical approach to treating gum disease. Using this approach, your dentist scrapes tartar, the result of periodontitis, from above and below the gum line. It’s usually the first step in periodontal treatment. The goal is to clean and smooth the surface of your teeth to promote healthy regeneration of gum tissue.
Gum surgery, also called flap surgery, is a traditional method of treating periodontitis if inflammation persists after scaling and root planing. After tartar is removed from the pockets around your teeth, your SoHo periodontist closes the pockets with stitches, attaching the gum tissue snugly against your teeth. Sometimes, a gum graft is needed if that area doesn’t have enough healthy gum tissue remaining.
How Laser Gum Surgery Is Completed
Dr. John and his team much prefer performing gum surgery using a laser whenever possible. It’s the most modern approach to gum surgery. Laser technology removes harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from your gums. Using variations in the density of the laser’s energy, the rate of repetition and the pulse duration, your dentist can remove diseased gum tissue without harming any healthy tissue.
The laser cleans the bacteria from the pockets in your gum and then compresses the gum tissue around your tooth without using sutures or surgical glue. This eliminates bleeding and the risk of infection. Recovery time is as short as 24 hours, and in most cases, you can return to your normal activities the same day as your procedure. You experience little or no discomfort at all.
The Benefits of Laser Gum Surgery
Advancements in laser technology for medical and dental uses have enabled a dentist trained in periodontics to replace painful procedures with laser gum surgery. There are several other benefits of using dental lasers for gum recession surgery, such as:
- You’re in for a more relaxed experience, since your dentist doesn’t need to use dental drill.
- Your SoHo dentist can target the diseased area of your gums with precision and accuracy.
- The procedure is less invasive than traditional gum surgery, so you experience less bleeding, pain and swelling.
- Laser surgery eliminates the need to cut your gums.
- You won’t have to endure the soreness and discomfort associated with other types of gum recession surgery.
- Healing and recovery times are much shorter.
- This procedure requires fewer visits to your dentist.
- You don’t have to take much or any pain medication during your recovery.
- Laser gum surgery may be less expensive than traditional gum recession surgery.
The Disadvantages of Gum Surgery Using Lasers
Surgery on gums using lasers is a relatively new procedure. The American Academy of Periodontology, which is often slow to embrace the latest technology, has accepted the benefits of laser surgery. Some dentists believe there’s insufficient evidence that a particular laser wavelength is superior to traditional methods of treatment.
There’s also some concern that a dentist without enough experience using lasers could cause more harm than good. If a dentist uses the wrong wavelength or power level, it could cause further harm to your teeth and gums. That’s why you should trust experienced dentists like those at Sohosmile.
For Laser Surgery on Your Gums
Laser gum surgery is a modern and painless option for treating advanced gum disease. It can help preserve teeth that may have been lost without this treatment. At Sohosmile, we answer your questions, discuss all your options and help you decide whether laser gum surgery is a good choice for you. Our state-of-the-art facility services:
- Battery Park City
- Downtown NYC
- Greenwich Village
- Hudson Square
- The Financial District
- West Village
- South Village
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about periodontal treatment using lasers. Trust the Sohosmile dental team to deliver the best care in a welcoming environment.