Treating gum disease can sometimes be tricky, especially in more advanced cases. While the goal is to eliminate the infection by removing bacteria and diseased tissues, it is also essential to preserve the healthy tissues that remain. For less invasive, and more effective, procedures, Dr. Kania often recommends laser gum disease treatment, which offers several benefits over traditional gum surgery with a scalpel.
Treatment is less-invasive
Conventional periodontal surgery involves the use of a scalpel. Laser gum disease treatment (and the LANAP protocol) utilizes a concentrated beam of light, rather than a scalpel, and the increased accuracy means a significantly higher chance of preserving healthy gum tissues.
If your gum disease is advanced enough to require laser surgery, then you might also need gum grafting to replace the infected tissues. Performing laser gum disease treatment first can simplify the grafting procedure by helping you retain more of your healthy gum tissues.
Laser treatment promotes faster healing
After scalpel surgery, sutures or stitches are required to close the wound until it has healed. Inside of your mouth. By contrast, soft-tissue laser surgery does not call for sutures; as the concentrated light passes over the tissues, the heat helps seal the area and begin healing immediately. By making advanced treatment quicker and more comfortable, soft-tissue laser therapy can encourage patients to seek treatment without the fear of more complicated scalpel surgery.
ABOUT YOUR ENCINITAS/SAN DIEGO, CA, LASER PERIODONTIST:
As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.