The term laser gum surgery might sound a little bit misleading. While technically it is surgery because it is a procedure that goes on in your mouth, it isn’t like traditional surgery where there is a scalpel involved. Many more dentists are opting to use lasers to perform wok in the mouth because it is less painful, there is less recovery time and it is just as easy to do and has great results as well. What is the procedure exactly and is it one you could benefit from?
Laser gum surgery is where the dentist performs work on your gums to combat gum disease. Tartar builds up on the teeth and can get under the gum line. Tartar build up can cause cavities, inflammation, bleeding gums and pain and discomfort when eating. If the tartar sits there long enough, it will build up against the gums and they will become infected. This infection is known as periodontal disease, or gum disease.
Laser gum surgery is when the dentist takes a laser and puts it in the gum to break up and remove the tartar buildup. The laser is very small, placed on the end of a pick that can fit between the gum and the tooth. The laser light breaks up the tartar as it moves across the surface of the tooth and gums. With the tartar removed, then the gums can heal and grow back to how they are supposed to around the teeth. Special care is needed for a few days to make sure bacteria stays away from the treated areas.
The amount of visits needed to repair the gums will be determined by the severity of the gum disease. Laser gum surgery can be performed in multiple steps until every part of the mouth is free from the disease. Sometimes two or three visits with the laser are required to get all of the gums repaired. The dentist will be able to look at the gums and answer how many visits will probably be needed before starting.
If laser gum surgery sounds like a procedure you can handle, then ask questions to your own dentist. It is a fairly new process that is starting to become more popular across the country. If your dentist doesn’t perform the action, they may know someone who will and refer you to them if you want to have it done soon.