Periodontal disease is one of the most common problems treated by Dr. Roberson. Since infection in the gums is progressive, it’s important to get treatment as early as possible. Without proper treatment by your Birmingham dentist, the bacteria begin to invade deeper spaces, and periodontal pockets form. Ultimately, bacteria can affect tooth ligaments and bones. When it becomes more severe it can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Roberson attempts to stop the infection by using laser gum surgery.
What is laser gum surgery?
Laser gum surgery helps remove infected gum tissue using laser light. When the laser light contacts infected gums, the tissue being targeted immediately vaporizes. The thermal energy seals the nerve endings and blood vessels so there is minimal bleeding and discomfort during the treatment. Bacteria that have accumulated in deep periodontal pockets die immediately when they come in contact with the laser light. Once the area is free from harmful bacteria, it can heal quickly and efficiently. The absence of bacteria encourages the regeneration of healthy tissue around your teeth.
What to Know Before Your Laser Gum Surgery
Laser therapy is straightforward. The goal is to remove diseased gum tissue while preserving healthy tissue. There are a few things you may need to be aware of before your treatment.
- You will not need to stop taking any of your medications.
- Local anesthesia will be used to help you relax.
- Dr. Roberson doesn’t use a scalpel for the procedure.
Dr. Roberson will use local anesthesia to help you relax. This will help your jaws relax too. He will gently direct the laser beam, so it passes between your tooth and gum line. There are no stitches or sutures needed which not only reduces discomfort but also speeds healing.
What to Expect the First Week After Your Treatment
The first week after the treatment, Dr. Roberson will recommend a soft or liquid diet. That helps you refrain from chewing foods in areas where the laser was used. You may notice a few tiny clots around the treated areas. Chewing food can dislodge these clots. Continue brushing daily, but gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be careful to not stick bristles into the gums as it can cause the clots to dislodge.
What to Expect the Second Week After Laser Gum Surgery at Your Birmingham Dentist
The second week after the procedure, you can resume your normal diet. You may still want to chew carefully and avoid areas treated by the laser. Proceed carefully, but you can resume your normal brushing. How long it takes your gums to heal following the procedure will depend on its severity. Usually, it only takes two to four weeks to heal completely.
Are there benefits to laser gum surgery?
The goals of laser gum surgeries are to reverse the damaging effects of bacteria and help you regain a healthy mouth. There are other benefits too, including:
- Less invasive procedure than traditional gum surgery.
- Effective for treating gum disease.
- Improves your smile.
- Lasers are precise and only affect treated areas.
- Recovery time is very fast.
Are you ready to schedule laser gum surgery with Dr. Roberson?
If you are concerned about gum disease and you want to discuss laser gum surgery, contact our offices. We can schedule you for a routine checkup with Dr. Roberson so you can discuss your risks of gum disease. He will also talk with you about preventative measures you can take and treatment options if they are needed.