If your gums bleed easily or are tender or red, you may have gum disease. In the case of advanced gum disease, Dr. Akram E. Rafla may utilize laser dentistry in Worcester and Marlborough, Massachusetts. The use of lasers in gum treatments allows more comfort for the patient and more efficient, precise work for our periodontist.
Periodontal laser therapy is performed to remove inflamed gum tissues from around the roots of the teeth. Once the infected gums have been removed by the laser, the roots will be exposed. Root scaling, the scraping off of plaque around the gum line and roots can then be performed. The roots are then planed or smoothed to help prevent the accumulation of future bacteria. The area is then allowed to heal.
The use of lasers in this procedure means that no general anesthetic will be needed. In addition, the lasers are very precise. The damaged areas can be very accurately targeted. With laser therapy, bleeding, discomfort and swelling are limited, so the recovery time is shorter.
We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about how lasers can aid our periodontist in gum disease treatments and to schedule your next visit. We are committed to serving you and your smile!