Laser gum surgery, also known as laser periodontal therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat gum disease. It is a highly effective alternative to traditional gum surgery and can be performed with less pain, bleeding, and recovery time.

What is Laser Gum Surgery?

Laser gum surgery uses a special dental laser to remove the infected tissue and bacteria from the gums. The laser energy also helps to stimulate the growth of new, healthy tissue, which can help to reduce the size of pockets between the teeth and gums and improve the overall health of the gums.

The procedure is typically done in the periodontist office and can be performed under local anesthesia or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to minimize discomfort. The procedure usually takes about an hour to complete, and patients can typically return to their normal activities the next day.

Is Laser Gum Surgery Worth It?

One of the main advantages of laser gum surgery is that it is less invasive than traditional gum surgery. With traditional surgery, the periodontist would have to make incisions in the gums to access the infected tissue. With laser gum surgery, the periodontist can remove the infected tissue without the need for incisions, which means less pain and bleeding and a faster recovery time.

Another advantage of laser gum surgery is that it can be used to treat a wide range of gum disease, from mild to severe. It can also be used to treat other oral health conditions, such as cold sores and canker sores.

Laser Gum Surgery Recovery

After your laser gum therapy, your body will immediately start the healing process. For the first three days after your therapy, an all-liquid diet is typically recommended as the treated gums are particularly sensitive during this time.

Many patients stick to soft foods for up to two weeks post-therapy to allow the treated gums ample time to heal. Some light bleeding, slight swelling and a little soreness can be expected in the days following laser gum therapy. Most patients can expect a full recovery within two weeks or less.

Why Consider Dr. Khansari for Your Periodontal Laser Treatment?

Dr. Khansari uses only the most up-to-date, cutting-edge laser technology; including Waterlase, which is a dental laser that enables us to use minimal anesthetic to perform many routine periodontal (and gum disease-related) procedures. It is one of the most advanced dental treatments available to periodontists today! Waterlase removes inflamed tissue without an incision and the strength setting will kill the bacteria within the tissue without damaging the tissue.

Waterlase uses a patented technology that combines focused light energy with a stream of water for a highly precise, exceptionally gentle dental experience. The laser is moved along the gumline to eradicate bacteria that causes the swelling and discomfort associated with gum disease. The minimally invasive laser is able to keep the tooth hydrated which helps to reduce associated pain.

Waterlase has several advantages, including:

  • No cutting and No suturing therefore is More comfortable procedure
  • Minimally invasive
  • Less swelling and bleeding post-op
  • Helps stop gum disease

Overall, laser gum surgery is a highly effective and minimally invasive option for treating gum disease. It can help to improve the health of the gums, reduce the risk of tooth loss, and improve overall oral health. It’s also important to remember that laser gum surgery is not a substitute for good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, so it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing regularly to keep your gums healthy.

Here at Poway Perio, under the experience of Dr. Alireza Khansari MSD, we are happy to help you fight periodontal disease and get your teeth and gums back to good health. If you have questions or would like to book a consultation regarding laser gum surgery, we’re happy to discuss your individual situation.