Laser Gum Surgery: FAQs
Thanks to advancements in technology, we have more options when it comes to treating periodontal disease. Specifically, we are talking about lasers. Laser gum therapy has several benefits that add up to a more pleasant, less anxious experience for our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Gum Therapy
What is laser gum surgery?
Laser gum surgery is the use of lasers instead of traditional periodontal tools to clean tartar (calculus) from the surface of teeth, their roots, and deep pockets that have formed in the gums. Untreated periodontal (gum) disease results in the loss of teeth over time. Regular, professional maintenance is the only way to stop the progression of this disease, and lasers have made the process much easier for us (the professionals) and for you (the patient)!
Does laser gum surgery hurt?
Laser therapy is almost always nearly pain-free. Typically, we use local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the procedure.
How long does laser gum therapy take?
In most cases, two 2-hour sessions are all that are needed to treat periodontal disease (although ongoing care may be necessary over the years to further protect teeth). By contrast, traditional gum therapy generally takes longer, requiring several one-hour sessions.
Is laser therapy safe?
Yes. We adhere to strict guidelines regarding the use of different wavelengths and power levels depending on the area of treatment to ensure a safe experience.
What are the benefits of laser gum therapy?
With laser therapy, we can give you:
- Less (or no) pain
- Faster healing
- Less (or no) bleeding
- Minimized swelling
- Reduced risk of infection
How much does laser gum surgery cost?
The cost of your surgery will depend on the severity and extensity of your condition, but, generally speaking, laser surgery is comparable to traditional methods. We will discuss the cost and your financial options at your consultation.
What is the recovery like?
Most patients are able to return to work either later in the day or the next. Any soreness is usually managed just fine with over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen.
If you have any questions about whether you are a good candidate for laser periodontal surgery, please don’t hesitate to call us!