Better Alternatives with Better Results
When you need gum surgery, the treatment can often be as uncomfortable as the original symptoms. An incision is made in the gums to access the treatment site and once bacteria are removed, the site is closed with stitches. The area remains swollen and tender, and must be treated with care during the healing process as there are risks involved that include further gum recession. Laser surgery, however, does not require scalpels or stitches and has little to no risk of gum recession as a result. Laser, when compared with traditional gum surgery, affords the following benefits:
- Faster healing
- Minimal discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Reattachment of supporting tissue
- No contraindications
How Does the Laser Achieve Such Excellent Results?
The tip of the laser is very fine, small enough to slip into the periodontal pockets without the need for an incision. Once placed, the laser can remove both the bacteria and the infected tissue from the pocket. These steps are critical to future gum health as they not only clear away the source of the infection but also prepare the periodontal tissue for reattachment. In addition, stimulation of the tissue with laser light encourages a seal that prevents infection and contamination during healing. WaterLase, the type of laser utilized by Dr. Stephen Eriksen also has the added advantage of harnessing water instead of heat, resulting in even less sensitivity and inflammation for patients after the procedure.
The Advantages of WaterLase Do Not End with Gum Disease Treatment
WaterLase is a powerful tool that can be implemented into any treatment requiring surgical removal of hard or soft tissue, including tooth, bone, or gum tissue. WaterLase is an excellent alternative to scalpels or dental drills in the following commonly performed procedures:
- Gum reduction or crown lengthening
- Reshaping the gum tissue that frames the teeth
- Removing decay or preparing a cavity for a filling
- Uncovering impacted wisdom teeth
- Smoothing bone tissue