Gum disease is a serious problem affecting many adults. According to the CDC, about half of all Americans have periodontitis. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissues and bones around the teeth. When left untreated, it leads to tooth loss. Fortunately, not only can gum disease be treated, it can also be prevented with proper dental care.

One new technology for gum disease treatment is using laser therapy. In laser gum treatment, the dentist uses a laser to remove inflamed tissue from around the root of the tooth. Then, the provider can begin root scaling, which is when the calculus and plaque below the gumline is scraped off. Then, the dentist can smooth the root to remove rough spots that attract bacteria. The area between the gum and root can then regenerate during the healing process. Following your procedure, you will be given instructions on taking care of your teeth until your next appointment.

Benefits of Laser Treatment

  • May not require anesthesia
  • Targets specific areas precisely and accurately
  • Some procedures do not require sutures or stitches
  • Bleeding is minimized because the laser aids in the clotting process
  • Infections are minimized because the laser sterilizes the area being treated
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized
  • Wounds heal faster
  • Pain and swelling are limited because the procedure is not as invasive as traditional surgery

An added benefit to laser treatment is that more procedures can be performed at the same visit. When combined with local anesthesia, your gum disease treatment is more efficient and less time-consuming because the number of appointments can be reduced. Get a healthier and more attractive smile when you choose laser gum treatment. Make an appointment with Dr. Crandall today and discuss whether laser treatment in Upper Saint Clair, PA, is an option for your dental procedures. We want to make sure your teeth last a lifetime.