Laser Treatment for Gum Disease
Lasers can be used to treat periodontal disease. Current controlled studies have shown that similar results have been found with the laser compared to specific other treatment options, including scaling and root planing alone. Scaling and root planning is a traditional non-surgical therapy used to treat periodontal diseases.
Can the use of lasers in periodontal therapy harm patients?
Yes and no. Each laser has different wavelengths and power levels that can be used safely during different periodontal procedures. However, damage to periodontal tissues can result if a laser with an inappropriate wavelength and/or power level is used during a periodontal procedure.
Does the research on lasers support their use in periodontics at this time?
At this time, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that any specific laser wavelength is superior to the traditional treatment methods of the common periodontal diseases, such as periodontitis.
Can I trust the claims in an ad for periodontal therapy performed with a laser?
It is important to beware of advertising that sounds too good to be true because it very well may be. A dental professional can help you separate fact from hype.
Will my insurance carrier cover the use of a laser in periodontal therapy?
Insurance carriers reimburse for the procedure being performed rather than the device used to perform it. Therefore, whether your periodontist uses traditional tools instruments for treatment or lasers, your reimbursement will be the same for that specific procedure. Before having surgery consenting to surgery or treatment by laser, always consult with your insurance carrier to determine what procedures are covered in your plan, as well as the extent of coverage.
Laser frenectomy is a treatment option for a frenum that is attached too far down the gums between the front teeth, or too close to the tip of the tongue. A laser is used to remove all or part of the frenum, helping to eliminate problems such as speech impediments.
Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue and bone to expose a healthy, solid tooth structure, which helps with placement of dental restorations such as fillings and crowns.
Dental lasers may be used for the painless removal of soft-tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures. The traditional method of treating this condition requires cutting the gums and stitching closed any incisions.
Many patients find that laser gum treatments are preferable to traditional methods of treatment, which often use invasive tools. Laser treatment significantly reduces pain and swelling, and is a precise and effective method for treating gum problems without damaging surrounding tissue.
Benefits of laser dentistry over traditional dentistry may include:
- Minimal or no need for anesthetic
- Little or no bleeding
- Faster treatment time
- Reduction in bacterial infections
- Less post-operative pain and swelling
- Less damage to surrounding tissue
- Reduced need for medications or antibiotics after treatment