Periodontal disease is a serious condition, and one that you need to get treated quickly. In severe cases the treatment that is required can be relatively invasive however, especially if the tartar deposits and bacteria are deep in the gums.
However aside from the conventional treatment, there is another option that is gaining popularity: Laser treatments. The main difference is that rather than physically scraping off the infected areas, a laser is used to remove them.
That may not sound all that different, but it actually is. In fact there are several reasons why you may want to consider laser periodontal treatment:
- Much less invasive
Unlike conventional types of periodontal treatment lasers are normally far less invasive because they do not use drills or cut into the tissue. The damage to the surrounding tissue is much less, and it is certainly less painful too.
In most cases there is no need to use anesthesia for laser periodontal treatments either.
- Faster completion
Although the exact time required for laser periodontal treatment will vary, it is typically much faster than conventional treatments. Where conventional periodontal surgery would require several sessions as well as subsequent appointments to remove sutures – laser treatments can normally be done in two sessions.
- Heals more quickly
Due to the fact that the treatment causes less damage and trauma to the surrounding tissue, you will probably heal more quickly. The exact recovery time will vary depending on numerous factors, but it is safe to say that it will be shorter than conventional treatment options.
- Reduces the risk of infection
Laser treatments will automatically sterilize the area and remove any bacteria that is present. By doing so they are able to reduce the risk of infection, and remove bacteria far more effectively.
Conventional treatments are not able to do that, and because it requires multiple tools the opposite is sometimes true.
- Not as many diet restrictions
Because it is less invasive and the recovery period is shorter, there are fewer dietary restrictions post-treatment. At most you may need to be on a soft diet for a few days, but odds are you’ll feel good enough that you can eat anything that you want.
It is best to talk to your dentist beforehand however, and check what foods you can eat, and what you should avoid.
Interested in finding out more about laser periodontal treatment London or a location that is nearby? If you are then you should talk to your periodontist and ask them whether or not it is an option. Keep in mind that the use of lasers in periodontal treatments is still relatively new, so it may not be available everywhere.
Before you decide whether or not to proceed, be sure that you fully understand what you’re getting into – and how much it will cost. Normally laser treatment is not much more expensive than conventional periodontal treatment, but you should check and make sure it is covered by your dental insurance too.