Laser therapy is a revolutionary, minimally-invasive treatment that uses laser technology to remove diseased tissue and bacteria with little or no postoperative pain. The roots of the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and the laser is used to seal pockets so that new bacteria cannot get back in.
Tartar and plaque on a tooth’s surface harbor harmful bacteria. If not removed, this bacterial infection leads to gingivitis, or inflammation and swelling of the gums, which can cause bleeding and sensitivity during brushing, flossing, and eating. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the bone supporting the teeth and can result in a condition known as periodontitis.
Periodontitis erodes bone and gum tissue around teeth and results in deep pockets, bad breath, unsightly gum tissue, loose teeth, pain and ultimately tooth loss. Once periodontitis has been established, the infection needs to be removed and the pockets sealed off to prevent tooth loss. In the past, this has required surgery with scalpels and sutures. The use of lasers now eliminates the need for such invasive measures which results in minimal trauma to gum tissue, reducing healing time and providing a more comfortable procedure for the patient.