How Laser Therapy Works to Treat Gum Disease

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, nearly 65 million people suffer from some form of gum disease in the United States. While gum disease can be treated successfully — and reversed when diagnosed and handled early — as it progresses, it causes irreversible damage to the gums and underlying bones and connective tissue. If left untreated, gum disease can ultimately result in tooth loss. 

If you have been diagnosed with or are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Jean-Jacques Elbaz, and the dental team at The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants and Periodontology offer a number of solutions, including laser therapy, to help get your oral health back on track.

Signs and symptoms of gum disease

There are several stages of gum disease, the mildest of which is gingivitis, which causes your gums to bleed when you floss and brush your teeth. Gingivitis is generally reversible, so you should see Dr. Elbaz as soon as possible if your gums are bleeding. 

Other signs of gum disease include:

The best way to protect yourself from gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene, avoid smoking, visit the dentist regularly for preventive care, and eat a healthy and balanced diet.

What you need to know about laser therapy for gum disease treatment

Laser therapy is the next frontier in dental technology. Lasers allow for greater precision and can be less invasive than traditional dental tools and techniques. This leads to fewer side effects and faster healing and recovery. Dr. Elbaz and our team use the WaterLase iPlus™ laser to remove and treat damaged and diseased tissue resulting from periodontal disease. 

Some of the benefits of dental laser therapy include:

A big benefit for people who experience fear or anxiety over needles and drills at the dentist is that laser therapy cuts down on the need for anesthesia and drilling time. This allows for milder sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed during treatment. 

Because of the laser’s accuracy, Dr. Elbaz can focus on the diseased gum tissue, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and protected from the pressure and side effects normally associated with the traditional drill and scalpel. And since treatment with lasers is generally more gentle as well, you may not need as much (if any) pain medication after treatment.

Depending on your symptoms and the extent of damage, Dr. Elbaz will remove inflamed and damaged tissue and clear out any plaque and bacteria buildup lingering between your teeth and gums, or between your dental implants and gums.

For more information about laser therapy and to find the gum disease treatment option that’s best for you, call The Beverly Hills Center for Advanced Dental Implants and Periodontology at 310-274-0456 or contact us online.

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