As necessary as gum surgery may be, it’s often painful, debilitating and lengthy. However, a new laser-technology, called Periolase, may offer a superior alternative. Here are seven benefits of treating gum disease with a laser.
Half of Americans have periodontal (gum) disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. While mild gum disease can be corrected with proper oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing, severe periodontal disease normally requires more extensive treatment.
Severe gum disease, known as Periodontitis, occurs when gum health is neglected for so long that the gums develop deep pockets between the tissue and bone, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Moreover, these pockets become easily infected. Without manually removing the infection, it can actually spread throughout your jaw, eventually making its way to your eyes and brain. In the most severe cases, this can lead to blindness and even death.
Normally, dentists recommend gum surgery to remove the infection and treat Periodontitis. Unfortunately, that normally involves a fairly invasive procedure, including slicing, sutures, and a lengthy/painful recovery time.
A Periolase Millennium Dental Laser, on the other hand, provides the same – or better – results, without the invasiveness of surgery. Instead, it inserts a tiny laser fiber – approximately the thickness of three hairs – between the tooth and the gums to clear away the infection.
If you have severe gum disease and are searching for the best treatment option, here are seven benefits of using Periolase over surgery.
7 Reasons to Treat Your Gum Disease With Periolase Technology-
2. Less discomfort – Most patients find Periolase to be far less painful – during and after the procedure – than surgery. The procedure is so non-invasive that it only requires local anesthetics (numbing), as opposed to the general anesthetics (sleeping) associated with surgery.
3. Shorter procedure – Periolase only takes two, 2-hour visits to complete as well as two follow-up appointments. Conversely, surgery generally requires four, 1-hour sessions along with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ins.
4. Better results – We’ve found that laser treatment creates longer-lasting results. In fact, 98 percent of patients remain stable at least five years after the procedure.
5. Few diet restrictions – A dentist may recommend a soft diet for a couple of days, but in most cases, patients feel healthy enough to eat anything immediately after the procedure.
6. Short recovery time – Recovery from gum surgery can take between 2-4 weeks, and often includes considerable swelling and pain. Periolase’s recovery time is less than 24 hours. Many patients even find they’re able to return to work immediately following the procedure.
7. Safe for all patients – Periolase is safe for all patients, including those with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as aspirin or Plavix.