Laser Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Patients who struggle with periodontal disease are out there seeking desperately for a treatment that could help them heal faster and better.

You can see plenty of ads online from different dental clinics saying their dental laser treatment for gum disease is the best…but ADA states people should be a just a little bit careful when it comes to such advertisements.

Not only the American Dental Association, but also many dentists are quite reluctant in recommending laser dental treatment as a universal treatment option for all patients struggling with gum disease. Firstly, you need to get a professional assessment from your own dentist, and he will be able to tell you if laser treatment is indeed an effective option in your case.

Otherwise, never just pick a dental clinic based on an advert and get a treatment only because it “sounds” trendy and promising. It might just not be the right solution in your case.

What the American Academy of Periodontology advises

According to the AAP (American Academy of Periodontology), dental laser treatment can be quite effective mostly in cases of mild periodontal disease. Root planning and dental scaling can be performed very safely and efficiently with the laser.

The laser removes nicely all the buildup that can be found below the gumline and the root surface will be smoothed so that future plaque build up is prevented. However, laser plaque removal in case of patients with periodontal disease must be performed by a very well trained dentist/periodontist who takes care not to induce any damages within the gum tissue which is extremely vulnerable.

LANAP – Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure

LANAP is a surgical procedure mostly utilized in order to treat periodontitis. Instead of resection like in the case of traditional surgery, this method uses mostly the regeneration method. The trained dentist or periodontist will use the laser to remove the entire infected/diseased pocket from within the connective tissue. Some of the main benefits of using LANAP treatment for gum disease include:

  • There is no cutting or suturing involved. The laser gently removes any damaged tissue, leaving behind healthy tissue
  • There is no discomfort involved. When compared to standard periodontal disease surgery, LANAP is definitely less discomforting and painful
  • The procedure can be completed within 1 or 2 visits to the dentist (approximately 1.5 hour sessions). When traditional surgery is performed, the patient needs to visit the dentist at least 4 times (1 hour/procedure), and follow up visits are needed for additional checkups and sutures removal
  • Traditional surgery involves losing more healthy gum tissue. Since more gum tissue is lost, teeth will become even more sensitive and exposed to further risks since more of the dental root becomes exposed
  • Recovery time is about 24 to 48 hours maximum. With traditional gum disease surgery the patient requires up to 4 weeks of recovery (until the tissues heal nicely)

With laser treatment, less bleeding, pain and discomfort is involved and healing is much quicker. Even so, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to find a highly skilled periodontist to perform the laser dental treatment.