Laser Gum Surgery: 5 benefits you should know about
Laser treatments are a modern alternative used in dental care to address a number of oral concerns, such as hypersensitivity, gum disease and tooth decay. Laser treatments gently kill bacteria, stimulate bone growth, and can even reshape gum tissue to improve a “gummy smile.” There are many benefits to advanced laser treatments. Here are five you should know about.
1. Laser gum surgery is less invasive
Traditional gum surgery cuts into the gum tissue, making wounds that require stitches and a longer recovery period. Laser surgery is far less invasive because it never cuts into your gum tissue. This results in a lower risk of infection, sensitivity and bleeding. Gentle laser treatments are effective, but much more gentle.
2. Laser gum surgery treats gum disease
Laser treatments can save the natural teeth of patients who have advanced gum disease. Gum disease leaves deep pockets of bacteria which can’t be reached with regular dental cleaning. A laser can gently and thoroughly reach this harmful bacteria and resolve it, which can preserve your natural teeth.
3. Laser gum surgery has a short healing time
One of the best parts about laser gum surgery is the short recovery period. The treatment period is faster and causes minimal damage to the teeth, gums and other areas in the mouth, which reduces the required healing time by half, or more. Traditional gum surgery usually requires weeks of recovery, pain and swelling. Laser gum surgery recovery only takes a day or so.
4. Laser gum surgery enhances your smile
If you feel your teeth are too short or that your gums show too much when you smile (also called a “gummy smile”), laser gum surgery can improve your smile. The laser can be used to reduce your gums and put your teeth and gum tissue in better proportion. During this treatment, we will contour the shape of your gums, including trimming excess gum tissue. This provides a beautiful smile you’ll want to show off.
5. Lasers can be precisely optimized to your exact needs
The laser gum surgery method of removing harmful gum tissue is extremely accurate. The laser is sophisticated enough to distinguish healthy gum tissue from harmful gum tissue, and it doesn’t affect your bones or teeth. Your laser treatment can be altered or changed, optimized to the best frequency for your needs.
Laser gum surgery at Hardin Advanced Dentistry
Dr. Tara Hardin is a leader in the field of the dental arts, ranking in the top one percent of practitioners in both credentials and education. To stay at the leading edge in modern dentistry, she stays abreast of the most recent advancements, techniques, technology, procedures, and products that could be of benefit to her many patients. If you’re ready to find out more about laser gum surgery, call Hardin Dentistry today to set up a consultation and discuss your options.