Laser Treatment and Gum Disease
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Laser Treatment and Gum Disease

Laser Treatment and Gum Disease
Harpenden Dentist - Wayside Dental Practice
29, May 2019

At Wayside we know of the enormous benefits of using lasers in dentistry, both for the patient in terms of comfort and outcome and the clinician in terms of accuracy and the results that can be achieved. We now have three Waterlase erbium lasers and three diode lasers in the practice and all of our clinicians are trained to use them. We use dental lasers for fillings and root fillings, surgery including dental implants and gum contouring and therapeutically to reduce pain and inflammation. We also use them in the treatment of gum disease and this is an area of dentistry where they have been found to be particularly beneficial.

Periodontal (gum disease)

Gum disease is an infection of the tissue surrounding a tooth that keeps the tooth in place. If left untreated, the tooth will eventually loosen and fall out and the bone around the tooth will be diminished. Traditional treatments are root planing and gum flap surgery. Root planing is a deep cleaning of the tooth to remove diseased tissue with surgical instruments. Gum flap surgery is where the root of the tooth is exposed for aid deeper cleaning of the root of the tooth.

How Laser Therapy Works

The laser can be used to remove diseased tissue with pinpoint accuracy and a deeper reach and often obviates the need for gum flap surgery. Often little or no anaesthesia is required.

The lasers also have an anti-bacterial effect, killing off bacteria around the gum and thus destroying the cause of the gum disease. Low level laser light therapy (called photobiomodulation) can not only reduce pain and inflammation, but also promote hard and soft tissue healing.

Laser treatment can offer-

  • flapless treatment in many cases
  • minimal discomfort during the procedure
  • little or no anaesthesia required
  • minimal bleeding
  • a faster healing time
  • reduced inflammation around the affected gum
  • regeneration of bone and soft tissue.

Our clinicians have achieved some astounding results using the laser, saving teeth and implants that would not have been saveable with conventional treatments.

At Wayside Dental, we have been at the forefront of adopting newer technologies to give the best possible dental treatments and world-class dental expertise to all our patients. We keep on investing in new technology and staff training so every patient receives the very highest quality dental work.

So, next time you book an appointment, ask about our laser treatment options, you may never look back!

To understand how Wayside Dental Practice can help you with pain-free laser dental treatments, contact us for a detailed consultation.