Laser Gum Disease Treatment in Tamarac
The Modern, Minimally Invasive Approach to Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Levine utilizes an advanced dental laser to provide effective, minimally invasive treatment for patients with moderate to severe gum disease. Laser treatment accomplishes the same results as traditional periodontal surgery, but without the use of scalpels or sutures. Laser treatment is gentler on the tissues, more comfortable for the patient and faster-healing.
Dr. Levine is skilled and experienced in the use of dental lasers. He performs laser gum disease treatment with a team of assistants during the procedure, enabling maximum efficiency without sacrificing precision or quality. This not only saves our patients time in the chair, it reduces post-treatment swelling and makes healing exceptionally fast.
Complimentary New Patient Exam
If you suspect you might have gum disease or have been told you need periodontal surgery, come and Dr. Levine for a Complimentary New Patient Exam. He will do a thorough assessment of your oral health and answer any questions you may have. You appointment will include the following:
- Thorough oral exam, including periodontal probing, oral cancer screening and bite and jaw function check
- Review of your medical and dental history
- Full-mouth X-rays
- Panoramic X-ray, if needed
- Intraoral and extraoral photos
- MySmile evaluation
- Personalized treatment plan
(up to $465 value)
What Is Laser Gum Disease Treatment?
For moderate to severe gum disease, we combine scaling and root planing with a minimally invasive dental laser treatment known as Laser-Assisted Periodontal Pocket Procedure (LAPPP). During LAPPP, Dr. Levine uses an advanced Waterlase® dental laser instead of a scalpel to gently remove diseased gum tissue and kill bacteria.
The Waterlase has an adjustable water spray that has a cooling effect on your teeth and gums. Due to the laser’s precision, the tissues surrounding those being treated are not affected, healing is faster than with traditional surgery, and there is little to no posttreatment swelling, bleeding or discomfort. Additionally, using the laser, the treated area is sealed without the need of sutures.
Our laser gum disease treatment effectively treats even severe periodontitis. The need for traditional periodontal surgery is eliminated in the vast majority of cases.
Our Laser Gum Treatment Procedure
Dr. Levine uses the laser in combination with other techniques to effectively eradicate bacterial infections and promote healing. As the procedure is minimally invasive, patients only require a local anesthetic. The treatment is so gentle that 90 percent of our patients never have to take any pain medication after they go home.
Removing hardened plaque deposits
We use ultrasonic scalers as well as traditional hand instruments to gently and efficiently remove plaque deposits from teeth, a procedure known as scaling. Ultrasonic scalers are gentler on the teeth and more comfortable for patients. Getting rid of hard deposits helps to eliminate irritation of the gums and is an important step in getting gum disease under control.
After scaling, we smooth the root surfaces of your teeth so further bacteria will not be able to accumulate easily. This smoothening is known as root planing.
Targeted removal of diseased tissue
The laser has a small fiber tip that is about the thickness of three human hairs. The tiny tip is inserted into gum pockets to selectively remove diseased tissue, leaving surrounding tissues intact. The laser kills any gum-disease-causing bacteria and disinfects the treated area.
Due its precise, targeted nature, laser gum disease treatment causes very little trauma to the surrounding tissues. Healing is therefore fast and discomfort is minimal—approximately 95 percent of our patients go back to work the next day.
Growth proteins to promote healing
Your doctor will take platelet-rich plasma, extracted from a small amount of your own blood, and places it under your gums to promote healing. Plasma contains growth proteins and other biological agents that defend against infection and increase the strength and density of regenerated gum and bone. Growth proteins also reduce swelling and inflammation, which helps to reduce posttreatment discomfort.
Sealing the gum pockets
After the diseased tissue and bacteria have been thoroughly removed, and the tooth root surfaces smoothened, Dr. Levine seals the gum pocket using a simple tissue adhesive. During the healing process, healthy new gum tissue is formed. The healthy gum tissue reattaches snugly around the teeth, making it difficult for new bacteria to lodge.
Benefits of Laser Gum Treatment
- Laser gum disease treatment with the Waterlase laser achieves comparable results to conventional periodontal surgery but without the need for scalpels or sutures.
- Since the treatment is highly precise and minimally invasive, patients usually only require a local anesthetic.
- Laser treatment takes fewer appointments than traditional periodontal surgery. Due to its efficient nature, large areas can be addressed during one visit. Since the treatment requires no sutures, there is no need for a second appointment to remove them.
- By necessity, a small amount of gum tissue is lost during traditional gum surgery, and the gums will often show some recession afterwards. This can expose the tooth roots and create sensitivity. With the laser procedure, there is no gum recession after treatment.
- Recovery time after laser treatment is much shorter than with conventional surgery. Most patients can return to work the day after the procedure.
Come and See Us
If you think you might have gum disease or have been told you need gum surgery, come and see Dr. Levine for a Complimentary New Patient Exam. He will determine the extent of any gum disease, discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have.