Lasers have been around for decades. They’re relatively commonplace and most of us use them or their applications on a daily basis, often without realizing it. Within the medical industry, lasers have become, quite literally, cutting-edge technology. They have advanced the way we operate and heal.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we are continually striving to stay at the forefront of technology concerning tools and procedures. We want your experience to be exceptional. Lasers offer a new and in many cases improved method of treating gum disease.
It has been standard practice for some time now to do regular dental cleanings roughly every six months. During these visits, dentists use more traditional tools to scrape and blast away sticky plaque. This plaque and tartar can be above or below the gum-line. For many of our patients, this is generally sufficient for controlling tartar buildups.
However, some patients have unique situations and or predispositions that contribute to added complications. Thankfully for those patients, laser gum treatment offers a way to get below the gums and remove the infected tissue. Prompt treatment is essential for ensuring the long-term health of your gums and teeth. It also prevents the infection from spreading or recurring.
How LANAP Laser Therapy Works
Through thin fiber-optic channels, the dentist applies a powerful light to delicately and precisely remove diseased tissue, sterilize open wounds and seal off small bleeds. The accuracy of laser gum treatment significantly improves our patient’s experience in our office and enables a fast recovery.
The Laser Removes Only Diseased Tissue
One of the more exciting aspects of laser gum treatment is that the specific wavelength of the lasers used by periodontists, passes through healthy tissue, simultaneously eliminating contacted diseased or infected tissue. The science behind the technology isn’t as easy as the procedure itself. However, in simple terms, the color of light in the laser reacts differently with the color of healthy tissue than it does with the tissue that is removed.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment
Thanks to the unique properties of periodontal laser gum treatment there is no need for general anesthetics. This less invasive treatment has some minor discomfort, but shorter recovery periods. Even with all the benefits that lasers offer, it’s still important to remember to prioritize dental care at home. Effective treatment of gum disease starts with daily and consistent brushing and flossing.
If you have any questions about LANAP or any other dental service we provide, our friendly staff would love to answer your questions. Schedule an appointment today! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing a happier smile on your face!