Dr. Evil wasn't off the mark when he called a laser a "sophisticated heat beam." In fact, laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
While that definition might mean something to someone with a scientific bent, to the layperson a laser simply means that certain things are done faster, with more precision and with less pain.
And it's certainly true when it comes to laser dentistry. Because of dental lasers, procedures such as gum disease treatment are easier for the dentist to perform and more comfortable for the patient to endure. Lasers have greatly reduced the need for dental surgery to treat gum disease.
The Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment
Most people don't know they're affected, but about half of the population suffers from moderate gingivitis to severe gum disease. Unfortunately, many people think gum disease treatment is a painful procedure with a long recovery period. The result is that people shy away from seeking dental care from a dentist to treat the problem before it becomes too serious.
Fortunately, laser gum treatment is starting to change that perception. According to the Academy of Laser Dentistry, laser gum treatment offers several benefits, including:
A reduced need for local anesthesia or sedation dentistry
Minimal bleeding gums
Less postoperative discomfort and faster recovery time
How Laser Gum Treatment Works
Lasers such as Waterlase®, DioDentTM II and PerioLase® are all designed to remove diseased tissue and help decontaminate infected pockets that form between the teeth and gums.
A laser gum treatment generally includes four steps:
1. The laser is used to apply a small amount of light energy between the gum and tooth in the infected area.
2. The laser energy removes the diseased tissue on the inside of the pocket and helps reduce bacteria.
3. Dental tartar is then dislodged with the help of the laser and removed by using ultrasonic tools.
4. Finally, the laser is used to help seal the gum to the tooth in order to create a natural BAND-AID®.