Laser Dentistry: Gum Disease Treatment Without Scalpels Or Sutures
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Not only that, but according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of the American adults have some form of gum disease.Dr. Scott Krosser on using lasers to treat gum disease Read Transcript
Lasers have made it a lot easier to eradicate gum disease in either large areas or small areas of the mouth. Without having to use a knife and sutures to cut everything open and sew it back up, it’s a lot more comfortable for people, it's a lot easier post-operatively for people. We've been using a laser now for about five, six years to treat gum disease and very rarely, if ever, do we have to—do patients ever end up taking anything more than basic Tylenol or Advil afterward. It's a really nice procedure, as compared to gum disease treated traditionally.
Because of these alarming statistics, we check for signs of gum disease during every dental exam in our Millburn, NJ dentist office. If you have gum disease, we’ll treat it with deep cleaning treatments. We use high-tech lasers that make the gum disease treatment:
- More comfortable
- More effective
Think you might have gum disease? Call Millburn Dental Arts at (973) 957-1604
Lasers Are The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Gum Disease Treatment
To treat gum disease, we remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the gum tissue surrounding your tooth roots. In more severe cases of gum disease, we need to actually remove infected gum tissue. In the past, we’d have to use a scalpel to excise the infection.
But now Dr. Scott Krosser uses a PerioLase dental laser for a procedure called LANAP (laser assisted new attachment procedure).
The many benefits of LANAP include:
- Less invasive. The laser accurately targets infected tissue while not affecting your healthy gum tissue.
- More comfortable recovery. There is little, if any, bleeding or swelling. Unlike traditional gum disease surgery, you won’t need sutures. So you’ll heal more quickly and easily.
Common Gum Disease Symptoms
Because advanced cases of gum disease can threaten the loss of teeth, and even minor cases can cause pain, it’s important to visit our Millburn, NJ dentist office for regular dental exams every six months.
In the meantime, call us right away if you are experiencing any of these gum disease symptoms:
- Chronic bad breath
- Swollen or bright red gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Pain while chewing
- Sensitive teeth or teeth that feel loose
- Gums pulling away from your teeth