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.
- Laser Gum Treatment Benefits
- How Periodontal Disease Therapy Works
- Does Laser Gum Treatment Hurt?
- Additional Periodontal Disease Treatments
- Laser Gum Surgery Recovery
- Laser Gum Surgery Cost
What Are the Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment?
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 cosmetic and functional 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, orthodontic gum issues, and more. These benefits include the following:
- Virtually painless treatment without the need for an anesthetic
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Reduced bleeding and swelling during and after treatment
- Minimal damage to the surrounding healthy tissues
- No stitches are required
- Faster and more comfortable recovery
How Does Periodontal Disease Therapy Work?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an extremely common condition that affects most Americans at some point in their lives. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which is typically characterized by red, swollen, and/or bleeding gums, followed by progressively more severe stages if left untreated. 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. By getting prompt treatment, you can reduce your risk of gum recession, tooth loss, and more severe problems related to your overall health.
Laser Gum Treatment
The Waterlase MD 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 is then used to send beams of energy to provide a vacuum-like seal between the gums and the teeth. This process reduces the risk of more infection in the future and helps stimulate the body to heal itself. Since the Waterlase MD laser system is known for its precision, Dr. Lauer can provide meticulous treatment that only addresses the areas that need to be treated, preventing any harm to the surrounding tissues.
Does Laser Gum Treatment 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.
Additional Periodontal Disease Treatments
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing 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 typically completed with the addition of laser therapy using Waterlase MD technology. This allows Dr. Lauer to effectively prevent gum disease from worsening.
To help keep your gum disease under control, Dr. Lauer typically recommends antibiotic therapy to ward off harmful bacteria. To determine the exact type of bacteria that is contributing to your condition, he will utilize the micro-IDent®plus11 system by HAIN Lifescience. This advanced technology allows Dr. Lauer to take a bacterial sample from your periodontal pockets, which is then sent to a lab to be cultured and analyzed. Once the test results come back, Dr. Lauer can find the most effective antibiotic option to be used for your disease therapy.
What Is Laser Gum Surgery 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.
Since more severe cases of gum disease are not reversible, Dr. Lauer will advise you on how to ensure the results from your laser periodontal therapy last for as long as possible. This typically involves a stricter dental hygiene regimen and more frequent visits to your dental professional.
How Much Does Laser Gum Surgery Cost?
The cost of your laser therapy will vary based on the specifics of your treatment plan. During your appointment, Dr. Lauer will discuss the condition of your gums and the necessary steps involved to help you improve your oral health. Once he has determined the extent of your treatment needs, our staff can provide you with a personalized quote for your laser gum surgery cost. Should you wish to apply for a monthly payment plan, our team works with financing companies to help make your treatment more affordable. If you have any questions about what to expect as you navigate gum disease management and other periodontal care long-term, feel free to reach out and we can help you make an informed decision about your health.
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.