Do you suffer from deep pockets between your teeth and gums? Want to avoid traditional surgery? Laser therapy might be the right answer for you. Salcetti & Associates is one of the few dental clinics who offer laser gum treatment or periodontal laser therapy in Colorado Springs, CO.
Periodontal laser therapy is a relatively new and advanced periodontal disease treatment option. LANAP® Protocol is a minimally invasive periodontal laser surgery. It is a good alternative for many people who are struggling with gum issues. The American Dental Association approves laser therapy. LANAP is the only FDA approved laser to treat periodontal disease.
Find out if periodontal laser therapy is right for you. Call our office to schedule an appointment to meet with dental laser therapy specialist, Dr. Jeanne Salcetti:
Thank you so much for taking such good care of me yesterday. I just wanted you to know that my daughter-in-law, Gina, was so impressed with all of you. She said she understands why I want to continue being your patient even though I now live 60+ miles away. Some of her exact words were “I’ve never seen a more caring group of people.” What a nice compliment! – Judie
Keep reading to learn more about the details and benefits of laser dentistry …
VIDEO: What Is Periodontal Laser Therapy?
What is laser therapy? How is it used to treat gum disease? Does it hurt? Is it expensive? What are the success rates? Watch the video interview with Dr. Jeanne Salcetti for answers to common questions people have about periodontal laser therapy:
When Do You Need Laser Therapy?
We use periodontal laser therapy to clean tooth pockets and encourage new bone growth – all without the necessity of gum surgery. However, it can also be a method of treatment for the following:
- Crown Lengthening: This is a procedure that gives dental professionals access to a crown that has sunk down into the gum.
- A Biopsy or Removal of Soft Tissue: You might have oral cancer if we see abnormalities in your mouth. We use a laser to remove soft tissue from your mouth. We can then test the sample for cancer.
- Frenectomy: The frenulum is an elastic, muscle tissue attached between two teeth. It is often located between the lower or upper front teeth. When the frenulum is too near the teeth, it causes gum recession. When too wide, it causes too much space between teeth. Frenectomy is the laser procedure to fix this issue.
- Removal of Granulations Caused by Operations: Granulations form after tissue is wounded. The laser removes this tissue buildup.
- Localized Hemostasis: This is a collection of blood, in a localized area. This problem is successfully remedied by the laser treatment.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
The benefits of laser therapy over gum surgery include:
- less invasive than surgery and doesn’t require any stitches
- easier recovery
- no need to cut the gum tissue
- minimal pain and bleeding for you the patient
- preserves gum tissue instead of removing it
- helps stabilize loose teeth
- reduces root sensitivity and exposure
- reduces the risk of infection
- anesthetic is not required
- lasers therapy specifically targets diseased areas accurately and precisely
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Laser Treatment?
Periodontal laser therapy is appropriate for patients with:
- inoperable pockets
- pocket depths deeper than 4mm
- pockets that keep breaking down throughout treatments
- need to take certain medications for their medical issues and cannot stop taking medications for traditional procedures
- age-specific conditions
- surgery anxiety or other emotional concerns
- other infections that could benefit from testing in conjunction with treatment
- gingival overgrowth as a result of taking medications or wearing orthodontic appliances
How Does Laser Gum Treatment Work?
Put simply, the laser works by targeting the diseased tissue around your tooth, all without harming any healthy tissue. The laser shoots a beam of light that penetrates 4mm below the tissue surface. This effectively kills bacteria harbored there. Once clean, a stable clot forms and the gum is reattached. Here are the basic steps:
- The laser probe discovers excessive depth in the tooth’s pocket.
- The laser radiation vaporizes pathologic proteins, diseased tissue and bacteria. It also helps a periodontist discover tartar.
- We then alter the bone during surgery.
- Gel-clot from PDL or bone stem cells are created.
- The ridges are reattached at the gingival crest to the root surface. This is done using a stable clot of fibrin, which combines to form a closed system.
- Trauma from occlusion is then adjusted.
How Successful Is Treatment?
The Academy of General Dentistry has verified that laser therapy works. And with high patient satisfaction rates.
Does Laser Treatment Hurt?
Laser gum therapy is minimally invasive. This means we don’t need sutures or blades. Therefore, treatment is usually not painful.
How Long Does It Last?
Laser treatment doesn’t take very long. Treatment sessions are typically 2-3 hours. Other times, sessions are 1 to 1.5 hours long and scheduled one week apart.
How Much Does Laser Periodontal Therapy Cost?
In general, laser gum therapy is comparable in price to traditional periodontal surgery. The price of course varies based on the extent of the damage present and the degree of the infection. Also, a full mouth of laser gum therapy is typically less expensive than a dental implant, a bone graft and a replacement tooth.
How Do You Get Periodontal Laser Therapy in Colorado Springs?
If you are suffering from periodontal disease and would like to try an alternative to traditional treatment method for your gum problem, laser periodontal therapy might be for you. For more information about this treatment option, contact Dr. Salcetti of Salcetti & Associates to schedule an appointment.