Laser gum therapy addresses periodontal or gum disease and is used as an alternative to traditional gum surgery that is otherwise very invasive and time-consuming. This procedure doesn't involve incisions or sutures, because of which it is becoming popular all around the world.
Our dentist may use laser therapy in conjunction with other traditional therapies. Sometimes, they may also use laser gum therapy alone to address the concern. The procedure involves using laser technology to access and remove the inflamed gum tissues around the root of your tooth. After this, they remove the build-up of plaque and tartar around your gum line.
Different types of devices are used to smooth out rough spots on your tooth that lessen the chances of the spread of bacteria or future infections. Your mouth may need some time to heal after the therapy. During this process, your gums must be infection-free to tighten around the tooth.
Benefits of Laser Gum Therapy
- When you opt for laser gum therapy, the recovery and healing time is shorter than other traditional therapies.
- Laser gum therapy doesn't require an anesthetic.
- The laser technology targets diseased areas accurately, thereby preventing damage to the surrounding healthy tissues.
- This procedure doesn't involve pain, bleeding, or swelling. Laser therapy is less invasive than regular surgery.
What to Expect After the Procedure?
It is normal to expect mild soreness in the mouth for a few days after the procedure. You may experience the side-effects like minor swelling, a little bleeding, or discoloration of gum tissues. To avoid this, you must follow proper aftercare. The healing process after the procedure lasts for a week. In the meantime, follow the below-listed steps:
- Do not brush or floss the affected area right after the procedure.
- It is okay to rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash. Let the water out gently and avoid spitting aggressively.
- Do not consume hard foods. Take a soft diet instead, including mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, rice, porridge, etc.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol and aerated drinks.
- For the first two days of the procedure, our dentist will recommend you rinse your mouth every 2-3 hours using warm salt water to soothe it. Do not use too hot or too cold water for rinsing.
After the healing process of your gums comes to an end, you must keep your mouth clean and germ-free. Follow all the good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Visit our dental clinic twice a year for preventive care.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Henderson, NV, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Christensen. Please call us at (702) 331-2121 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.