Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the nation, but many people choose not to pursue treatment. Periosurgery can be very expensive and time consuming, not to mention quite painful.
In light of that, some people prefer to take their chances without treatment. But with the advent of PerioLase Laser Periodontal Therapy, patients now have better option.
What Is PerioLase?
From the minds of is an FDA-approved treatment option for people with gum disease. It’s non-invasive, requiring no cutting, stitching or sutures.
What Does PerioLase Treat?
PerioLase is designed for more severe cases of gingivitis and periodontitis, the two types of gum disease. It is not a treatment option for patients with healthy gums or patients with only mild gingivitis. The laser technology effectively addresses pockets with a depth of 20mm or more.
How Does PerioLase Work?
Your applies a local anesthetic inside the mouth to ensure the patient’s comfort during the procedure. The periodontist then aims light energy between the diseased gum and tooth, removing any diseased tissue. Your periodontist cleans the area thoroughly to ensure all of the tartar has been removed. Once your mouth is clean, it heals swiftly and naturally since it doesn’t have the added issue of cuts and stitches.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
Your periodontist will anesthetize the area to ensure a painless procedure. After the laser treatment, there may be some mild discomfort for a few days.
How Long Does It Take?
Although the laser works very quickly, taking only a few minutes, the rest of the procedure may take an hour or more depending on the severity of the gum disease. However, even when it stretches into two appointments, PerioLase therapy still takes less time than periosurgery would.
What Are the Benefits of PerioLase?
Besides the condensed procedure time, the laser treatment also tends to result in less time away from work, both during the procedure and during the recovery. It also tends to involve much less discomfort than the usual surgical procedure.
For more information on PerioLase, gum disease, and any gum-related conditions, consult with Dr. Mike Williamson, DDS, a professional Austin implant periodontist.