Laser technology has transformed the field of periodontics, allowing for non-invasive and virtually painless methods to treat common issues that affect the gums. With laser energy, Dr. Daniel Lauer can perform a number of effective gum treatments that typically cause no discomfort during or after the procedure. Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry offers treatment options that can work to prevent further damage from gum disease and rejuvenate both form and function of your gums for a healthier-looking smile.
As a periodontic specialist, Dr. Lauer is extensively trained in a comprehensive array of periodontal procedures. For treatments involving the gums, a periodontic specialist is often preferential to a general dentist, because he has devoted much of his education and his career to successfully helping people renew the health and appearance of their gums. With the combination of advanced laser technologies and the experienced hand of a gum specialist, Dr. Lauer can help you meet your needs with exceptional results.
Benefits of Laser Periodontics
Although traditional surgery can often provide satisfactory results for periodontal concerns, laser technology has transformed the way specialists treat their patients. Dr. Lauer utilizes the Waterlase® MD system for a variety of laser treatments, which has helped streamline the surgical process. This technology provides a number of unique advantages for patients in need of treatment for tooth decay, gum disease, cosmetic gum concerns, and more. These benefits include the following:
- Virtually painless treatment
- Reduced bleeding and swelling
- Little to no recovery time
- Minimally invasive surgery
- No stitches required
Periodontal Disease Therapy
Periodontal (gum) disease affects most Americans at some point in their lives. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and it can even increase risks to your overall health. Typically characterized by red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums, gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, followed by progressively more severe stages if left untreated. The good news is, gum disease can be effectively prevented from worsening with state-of-the-art laser periodontic treatments. Dr. Lauer utilizes the Waterlase® MD laser treatment for most of his gum disease procedures. The laser is designed to send beams of energy directly into the gums, clearing out harmful bacteria, then subsequently providing a vacuum-like seal between the gums and the teeth.
Waterlase® MD laser technology is known for its precision, treating only the areas that need to be treated without harming surrounding tissues.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planning is a non-surgical gum disease treatment that removes harmful pockets of bacteria and cleans the base of the teeth. This is a standard and very effective method of reducing plaque and deep-set tartar, ultimately working to keep gum disease from getting much worse. Scaling and root planing is completed with the use of laser technology to seal the gums to the teeth and help them heal. The laser treatment can also significantly reduce discomfort after the procedure.
Laser Periodontics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an extremely common condition that can occur due to a number of factors. Even with a strict dental hygiene schedule, the disease can still develop, which is why it is crucial to regularly visit your dental professional for routine cleanings and examinations. Should you develop periodontal disease, seeing a specialist like Dr. Lauer can help keep it under control, as they can perform laser gum treatment to remove bacteria and prevent further damage from occurring.
How does the Waterlase® MD laser system work?
The Waterlase® MD is used to perform a number of cosmetic and functional laser gum treatments at our practice. The system works by combining a high-energy laser with air and water to vaporize bacteria in deep periodontal pockets where bacteria thrive. As this harmful bacteria is removed, the device provides a cooling effect to minimize potential discomfort. The laser technology provides a number of advantages for patients undergoing laser periodontics, including minimized bleeding, less damage to surrounding tissue, and a faster and more comfortable recovery.
Does laser gum surgery hurt?
Our patients who undergo laser gum treatments are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during their procedure. With our Waterlase® MD system, treatment is typically pain-free. There are no vibrations or heat, and the device offers a gentler and quieter treatment process, creating a more pleasant atmosphere for patients. Depending on the extent of your treatment, you may not need any local anesthetic, though you will have a chance to discuss this with Dr. Lauer before your treatment begins.
What is the recovery like?
Since laser gum surgery with the Waterlase® MD is less invasive than traditional surgery, the recovery is typically very quick and much more comfortable. There is minimal bleeding and post-operative swelling, and the laser helps promote fast healing so you can return to your normal activities with little to no downtime.
Contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
For more information on laser periodontic therapies, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauer to talk about your options, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.