Periodontal Laser Treatment – Advantages, Caution
According to American Dental Association, periodontal disease is one of the worst gum diseases. It has to be treated as early as possible because it can cause a severe damage to the gum line and supporting jaw bone. Periodontal Laser treatment is one of the procedure to treat this condition.
Why Laser Treatment?
Non surgical methods like scaling and root planning are commonly used to remove plaque, tartar and clean the gum base. Laser treatment is an advanced procedure that can be used to treat the periodontal disease.
American Academy of Periodontology described laser treatments are most effective for treating mild periodontal disease. Normal laser treatment procedures removes plaque safely and smoothes the root surface for limiting further build-up of bacteria in the gum line.
LANAP â€œLaser-Assisted New Attachment Procedureâ€ can be used for treating advanced gum diseases. LANAP is still in testing phase and the American Dental Association does not endorse this method.
To have a safe treatment, the power levels and wavelengths should be set exactly as required, any improper setting will damage your gum tissue. The main thing to remind is, the treatment should be done by an expert in laser treatment and not by a normal dentist.
Advantages of Periodontal Laser Treatment
According to the AAP (American Academy of Periodontology) the advantages of laser treatment are
- Faster healing
- Less bleeding
- Reduced risk of infection
- Minimal post-treatment discomfort
- Decreased Sensitivity
- Takes less time for the procedure
Cost of Periodontal Laser Treatment
Now a days many dental problems are treated with lasers, and most of the insurances cover the cost to some extent. Some of them may not, so it is better to confirm before starting the procedure.