Dr. Froum is proud to offer the latest technology available for periodontal therapy to patients in Midtown NYC: SOLEA® laser treatment. There are numerous advantages to using laser therapy as opposed to the traditional methods requiring a scalpel and sutures.
Dental lasers are a medical technology that emits a beam of concentrated light. When used for surgical and periodontal procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument. The procedures performed with dental lasers are minimally invasive and preferable to conventional surgery.
Lasers in dentistry allow for many procedures to be performed with no noise, minimal pain, less bleeding, faster recovery times, and fewer appointments.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Reduced heat and vibration
- Little or no need for anesthetic
- Minimal bleeding
- Faster treatment time
- Increased rate of retention of implants
- Reduced damage to healthy tissues
- Minimal post-operative swelling and discomfort
- Fewer infections or post-operative complications
Procedures Utilizing Lasers
- Place dental implants
- Reshape gum tissue
- Biopsy or remove soft tissue lesions and ulcers
- Increase rate of retention of implants
- Eliminate infection in gum tissue pockets
- Fuse tissues
- Perform frenectomies (such as correction of ankyloglossia)
- Perform oral surgery and extractions
What is Periodontal Laser Surgery?
How does Laser Periodontal Therapy Treat Gums Disease?
Laser periodontal therapy treats gum disease in two different ways as compared with conventional periodontal therapy. First, laser treatment can remove the bacteria from around the teeth and gums that cause gum disease making healing and success rates improve. Second, lasers can reach difficult to access areas of bone problems easier as compared with conventional periodontal instruments so success rates increase.
Does laser periodontal treatment work?
Laser periodontal treatment, depending on the type of laser used, has equal to better success rates when compared to conventional periodontal therapy. Because lasers can stimulate bone and gum tissue cells to regrow as well as efficiently remove bacteria that prevent tissue growth, lasers are a very effective method of gum treatment.
What is the cost of laser periodontal therapy?
Laser periodontal treatment is usually about the same cost as conventional periodontal therapy and can range from $1100-$3000 for a quadrant (¼ of the mouth) of teeth for periodontal surgery.
How painful is laser gum surgery?
Gum surgery is usually less painful than conventional periodontal surgery as the surgical access (size of the surgical procedure) can be much less when using lasers. In addition, lasers can accelerate natural healing which can result in less pain as compared with conventional instruments.
How long does gum lasering take to heal?
Gum lasering has a healing time that is usually much faster than normal periodontal surgery and can cause the gums to heal 30-50% faster than conventional surgery. Because lasers stimulate the body’s natural healing response, healing speeds are increased and pain is decreased.
Do gums grow back after laser surgery?
Depending on the procedure performed, laser gum surgery can help the gums grow back to healthy normal levels since bacteria that has been causing inflammation or recession has been removed. In addition, lasers can stimulate cells that make gum tissue causing them to regrow in a healthy manner.
What does lasering your gums do?
Lasering your gums can do many different things. First, they can remove excess gum tissue causing a gummy smile appearance. Second, they can remove infected gum tissue around teeth or dental implants causing gum disease or implant disease. Third, they stimulate the gum and bone tissue to regrow. Finally, they can make surgical incisions and the extent of surgery less so healing is quicker and the pain after surgery is less.
What can I eat after periodontal laser surgery?
Typically after laser periodontal surgery, you will want to be on a soft food diet of a few days to a week. Hard and crunchy foods are to be avoided as they can affect tissue healing. Avoiding smoking, alcohol, and citrus foods are also advised to help the surgical area heal quicker. For more information please see our post-operative instruction sheet.
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