Laser Gum Therapy: Overcoming Gum Disease with Comfort, Precision, and Speed

It’s a scary but true fact that almost 50% of adults aged 30 and above have some form of periodontal disease. Gum disease is a common condition that affects the gum tissues and adjacent structures. Gum disease starts with mild symptoms but quickly progresses into severe consequences without proper treatment.

Orcutt Family Dentistry offers the latest technologies to prevent and treat gum disease in Fair Oaks, California. Instead of traditional surgery, Dr. Brian Orcutt and the team treat advanced gum disease with laser gum therapy. This treatment method is painless, conservative, and leads to faster, painless healing.

Why you shouldn’t ignore gum disease

Healthy gums are pinkish and don’t bleed or hurt when pressed with a toothbrush, dental floss, or other tools. Healthy gums are also snugly tucked around teeth. So, if you notice a noticeable gap between teeth and gums or exposed tooth roots, it’s a sign of gum disease.

At the minimum, gum disease causes gum bleeding, redness, swelling, and tenderness. When the infection is left to thrive, the harmful bacteria “eat away” the gingival ligaments and teeth-supporting bone. The results? A misaligned bite and teeth that are not firmly attached lead to their eventual loss. As if that isn’t enough, uncontrolled mouth infection may seep into the bloodstream, increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications, etc.

How laser gum therapy works

Laser periodontal therapy is a non-surgical treatment for gum disease. Traditionally, treating advanced gum disease involves scalpels, drills,  and sutures, which can be painful and traumatic. Laser therapy uses a tiny beam of focused light to destroy harmful bacteria, dental calculus, and other deposits in the hard-to-access periodontal pockets and creates a situation where the body can heal itself without added bone grafting and the expense of the grafting.

We use laser therapy to help create a sterile environment and gum architecture where the gum and bone tissues heal themselves.  This procedure is super-precise because it only targets the infected tissues, leaving the healthy ones intact.

Benefits of laser-assisted gum therapy

Conventional gum disease treatments work, but not many patients are comfortable with anxiety-invoking sutures and scalpels and cost. Laser therapy is an effective treatment for mild to severe gum disease, and its advantages are as follows. 

  • Non-traumatic, virtually painless treatment
  • Faster healing
  • Conservative treatment
  • Minimal post-op discomfort
  • Decreased risk of infections
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Faster procedure than traditional treatments
  • Precision
  • Much less expensive

Laser therapy is a modern approach to treating several gum-related issues. With its speed, accuracy, and non-invasiveness, laser treatment is a popular choice for dentists and patients alike. If you suspect gum disease in Fair Oaks, CA, laser gum therapy may be ideal for you. Call (916) 963-9986 to schedule an appointment with Orcutt Family Dentistry.